Just days after Hugo Barra announced that he was leaving Xiaomi after almost four years, we now know where Barra is headed next.
In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Hugo Barra would be joining Facebook to help lead their virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team.
Barra commented on Zuckerberg’s post and said his title would be “VP of Virtual Reality (VPVR!)” and says he looks forward to “building the future of immersive technology with Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Trexler Iribe, Mike Schroepfer, and the visionaries in the Oculus team.”
Previously, Barra became known in the tech world when he was working at Google as their VP of Android and was the main presenter at Google’s product launch events. Then in late 2013, Barra left Google for Chinese company Xiaomi to become their Vice President of International.
While at Xiaomi, Barra helped launch Xiaomi Global which help the company expand to new markets including India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and many more. Barra also was responsible for Xiaomi and Google to partner up to launch the Mi Box, which was an Android TV powered set-top box, in the US.
Xiaomi has yet to officially bring their smartphones to the US market and their Chinese market share slipped in 2016 to about 10%, while their Chinese rivals Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are gaining ground, even surpassing Xiaomi in sales. Xiaomi also announced that they won’t be at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year.
Source: Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg)