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August 29, 2013

Hugo Barra to leave Google Joining China’s Xiaomi

Hugo Barra

Hugo Barra vice president of product management for Google’s mobile platform Android, and had been at the company since 2008, will be leaving Google in the coming weeks.

Google confirmed his departure from the company, stating that it wished him well.

“We’ll miss him at Google and we’re excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem,”

a spokesman said.

Mr Barra took to social network Google+ to discuss his departure.

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 Gundotrafor their phenomenal support and mentorship over the years.
+Android team, I will truly miss you all!

Xiaomi is a Beijing-based company that makes smartphones and other consumer electronics. They described the hiring of Mr Barra as “exciting news”.

Since releasing its first handset in 2011, the company has enjoyed huge growth – now valued at $10bn (£6.5bn) thanks to two lucrative investment rounds.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini