The VP of Android, Hugo Barra, today announced that it will leave Google and take the same position in China’s Xiaomi technology “in the coming weeks”, smartphones and applications manufacturer – that is, even indirectly, Barra will continue working with Android but with a different focus.
Android, meanwhile, is left with a hole and a big unknown in place who will guide you. Barra is the second executive leaves the team this year, after Andy Rubin, operating system creator.
The statement from the bar output in its entirety was posted on his Google+ page. The translation below is ours:
A NEW CHAPTER IN ANDROID
AFTER NEARLY FIVE AND A HALF YEARS ON GOOGLE AND ALMOST THREE AS ANDROID TEAM MEMBER – THE MOST AMAZING GROUP OF PEOPLE I WORKED WITH IN MY ENTIRE LIFE – I DECIDED TO START A NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE.
IN A FEW WEEKS, I WILL BE ME JOINING THE TEAM XIAOMI IN CHINA TO HELP THEM EXPAND THEIR AMAZING PRODUCT PORTFOLIO AND BUSINESS GLOBALLY AS GLOBAL VICE PRESIDENT. I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW CHALLENGE AND I AM PARTICULARLY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP GUIDE THE ANDROID ECOSYSTEM.
IT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY AND A REAL HONOR TO BE PART OF THE ANDROID TEAM AT GOOGLE AND WOULD LIKE TO ESPECIALLY THANK ANDY RUBIN, HIROSHI LOCKHEIMER, SUNDAR PICHAI AND VIC GUNDOTRA FOR THEIR PHENOMENAL SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE OVER THE YEARS.
ANDROID TEAM, I WILL MISS YOU!
The president of Xiaomi, Bin Lin (who is a former Google employee), posted on Facebook to confirm the arrival bar the company and welcome Bar. “As VP of Android, Hugo has a deep understanding of the unique business model of Xiaomi,” referring to the operating system used in the company’s smartphones and its mission to “protect” the open Internet and the construction of high-end devices that have affordable prices.
Where did the Xiaomi?
The Xiaomi is a relatively new company: Founded in 2010, it works for now only in China. It was created with the intention to compete with Apple – so much so that its CEO, Lei Jun, to dress like Steve Jobs in the keynotes and he does not deny comparisons. Therefore, Xiaomi has been called “Apple of the Orient”.
And the floor of the truck, has everything to become one of the largest companies in the world. His performance in China is amazing. The Xiaomi presented since its founding, explosive growth; currently estimated to be worth about 10 billion dollars – tied with Lenovo. Their sales are so expressive in China that one of their devices, the high-end Mi 2S, exceeded the Galaxy S4 Samsung in the country. Sales expectations for 2013 have also been stretched: 15 million to 20 million.
And as the Internet is a hotbed of gossip, you are rolling a rumor that the real reason for the Google Toolbar output is a square loving involving the co-founder of Google Sergey Brin, his ex-wife and employee number 18 Google Anne Wojcicki and marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg Glass.
But let’s focus on official information, which is what matters: it is quite possible that in a future not a bit far, we have another smartphone company competing with the world’s largest. We will follow.