Google Android executive Hugo Barra joins Chinese smartphone startup Xiaomi

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Hugo-BarraOne of the top Google executives, Hugo Barra, has resigned from the post of VP of Product Management for the company's Android mobile platform; and has been hired by Chinese smartphone startup Xiaomi.

With the hiring of Barra by Xiaomi being a high-profile move for the Beijing-based Xiaomi startup which ventured into the smartphone arena only two years back, Barra will apparently be leading the worldwide expansion of the smartphone maker.

The confirmation of Barra's hiring by Xiaomi has come from the smartphone maker's CEO Lei Jun as well as its President Lin Bin. Both Jun and Bin have revealed in Thursday posts on Chinese Twitter-like site Sina Weibo that Barra will be joining the company.

Barra - who has been working with Google since 2008 - is not the first executive from a US tech firm to join Xiaomi. The startup smartphone maker's top management already comprises a number of Chinese employees who were earlier working at companies like Microsoft, Google, and Motorola.

Announcing his departure from Google, Barra has revealed in a recent posting on his Google+ page: "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."


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