It’s official, Hugo Barra is leaving Google to join the China based Android smartphone manufacturing company. Barra has been working at Google since 2008 being the Direct to Vice President of product management for Android for three years. His new position at Xiaomi will be steering the company’s further expansions, that is global expansions in the coming months. Both Google and Hugo Barra have released minor statements about his new position which are below.
A new Android chapter
After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team – the most amazing group of people I’ve ever worked with in my life – I have decided to start a new career chapter.
In a few weeks, I’ll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally – as Vice President, Xiaomi Global. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.
It has been an amazing ride and true honor to be part of the Android team at Google, and I especially want to thank +Andy Rubin , +Hiroshi Lockheimer , +Sundar Pichai and +Vic Gundotra for their phenomenal support and mentorship over the years.
+Android team, I will truly miss you all!
“We wish Hugo Barra the best. We’ll miss him at Google and we’re excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem.”