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Report: Hugo Barra Leaves Android Team for Xiaomi (Updated)

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According to AllThingsD, Hugo Barra, the vice president of product management for Android, has decided to leave Google to take a position at Xiaomi. If you have followed the Android world at any level over the last couple of years, or have paid attention to Google’s Android-focused events, you have more than likely seen or heard the name Hugo Barra. He frequently stands on stage to show off new operating system features and the new devices that Google has in-store. In a way, he has been the face and voice of all things new to Android. 

Xiaomi builds Android phones in China, so he’s not exactly leaving the industry. The move is quite surprising, though, I must admit. And while this news is just now coming across the wire, it’s not exactly exciting news to those of us who have watched Android come into its own over the last couple of years with him at the helm.

As you all know, Andy Rubin recently left his post as the head of Android as well.

Things are certainly changing.

Update:  Google has confirmed in a statement that Barra has left the company:

“We wish Hugo Barra the best,” a Google representative said in a statement. “We’ll miss him at Google and we’re excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem.”

Update 2:  Barra confirmed his move to Xiaomi in a quick note on his Google+ page:

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 Pichaiand +Vic Gundotra for their phenomenal support and mentorship over the years.

+Android team, I will truly miss you all!

Via:  AllThingsD

  • arnold

    Forced out for hairy body ?

  • Stephen Melley

    Brin is worth $24 Billion and can’t find a piece of as outside the Googleplex?

  • wmsco1

    My opinion only. Android is top out, nothing but gimmicks left. Sorry but time will tell. Mr Android left the building some time ago.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    The real story behind this is drama afoot at Google: Sergey Brin and his wife are breaking up due to his affair with another Googler who happens to be Barra’s xgf http://www.forbes.com/sites/simonmontlake/2013/08/28/chinas-xiaomi-hires-ex-google-vp-to-run-overseas-business/

    BTW it’s funny to see Sergey Brin emulating Oracle’s Larry Ellison in banging company underlings. Stay classy, Mountain View.

  • joejoe5709

    On the eve of a major software and hardware release? Very curious. Google has lost enough major players this year I’m starting to get a little nervous.

  • slole1
  • Taylor Abrahamson

    If you ask me.. This move has money written all over. China is well known, for offering ridiculous amounts of money to Americans to move there and work for them. We are talking millions a year… Some people just can’t say no to that type of thing.

  • SMH

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hugo’s exit is due to a love triangle with Setgey Brin’s new girl friend:

    http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/sergey-brin-love-quadrangle-blamed-for-google-executives-sudden-departure-20130829-2st1m.html

  • MichaelFranz

    Hey Google…..im looking for a new job :) You already have my resume

  • Allen Byrd

    First Rubin, then JBQ, and now Barra? Things sure aren’t going well for the Android team right now.

  • Eion

    Mo Money!

  • Guest
  • chris420o

    They must of given him a boat load of money for him to do this…like a really big boat

  • Mclovin
    • mgamerz

      Sticking it in*
      FTFY

  • bkosh84
  • yummy

    First the Beatles, now this.
    My whole world is upside down!
    Oh, no, I was just standing on
    my head. Still, it shakes the very
    foundations of my….what am I
    saying, I dont give a crap. Can you
    still say that?

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    I can’t help but wonder why Google is losing a bunch of major players this year. This is either one giant coincidence, or there’s somebody in management that’s not making life easy for these guys. If the latter, it will eventually hurt the consumer.

  • rthvk

    Update: https://plus.google.com/+HugoBarra/posts/BzZMqRht1xQ

    Hugo has something to say.

  • rthvk

    Hugo’s seriously joining the MIUI guys?

  • Ron_Swanson

    wow.

  • http://movietot.com/ Bryce Warren

    I literally headed over to droid life to send this in as a tip, and it was already here. To slow!

  • Alan Paone

    I cannot find any way to make sense of this. This is insane.

  • briankariu

    From Hugo to Sergey! That woman must have one hot p****! As Kanye said “I aint saying nothing, but she a gold digger”
    Waah all this coz of a woman!

  • Tom

    Dealing with Chinos (Chinese) requires a big deal of prudence , which I hope Hugo has got . Chinesepromise heavens and above until reaching their objective. After , things usually go foul. For Chinese written / signed contract means nothing . A piece of paper you can wipe the ….. yes , that ! They are not reliable payers and more and more ….. more … be it Xiaomi … or anybody else . Do not start any litigation processes in PR China . No chance , whatsoever.
    Chinese way of thinking : Money is in my hand , thus I shall pay when I want …..not when I must …. Hugo , I wish you all the best with Xiaomi . Remember , don’t get fooled by their insincere smiles and sleazy compliments . Good luck and see you soon back to normal world.

    • summit1986

      My uncle works in sales and purchasing for Sunbeam (the lighting company) and has to make trips to discuss contracts and projections. The Chinese are some of the most unethical businessmen in the world who will say and do anything to get what they want and rarely follow through once they have it.

  • ddevito

    Just more proof Chrome is taking over and is Google’s future. Android will be rubbed out and set free to AOSP and Chrome will take over

    • Justin Kos

      You may have a point..

  • tyson184

    I wonder how much cash – everyone’s got a price…

  • Russell Bridges

    WOW, didn’t see that coming. That is concerning…

  • bewlew

    Man, I hate to see Hugo!

    ….I’m sorry, I had to.

    • mgamerz

      [Sitcom laughter]

  • Steve Balmer

    Leaving Google for Xiaomi? Dang, he must have received an offer he couldn’t refuse. That or things at Google aren’t as solid as we thought. Oh well…time to submit my resumé.

    • Tyler Durden

      Aren’t you supposed to be retiring?

      • Michael

        arent you supposed to find another forum to comment on…nobody wants to see your stupid face all the time

        • Tyler Durden

          Have you noticed nobody cares what you say? Hop off. It’s worse when you follow me around.

      • Windoze8.1

        retiring from tech industry;)

  • http://gplus.to/boojay boo Jay

    Smart move by Hugo. Xiaomi has made the best phones the past year or so. I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table.

  • John

    $$$$$$$$$$$$

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Why can’t chrome Android scroll/pinch to zoom as smoothly as on my ipad mini!? Someone’s head should roll for this.

    • E A butler

      Why don’t they put the 1 finger double tap zoom from Google maps in every app.. Pinch to zoom isn’t always very convenient.

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        That’s an idea. I just wish Android wasn’t so laggy in general. Looking forward to KLP.

        • E A butler

          I haven’t used any iOS device in about a year now, I found them to be very buggy when you fill them with apps and content, maybe they are better now.

          • michael arazan

            Last time I saw an iPhone my friend sneezed and the screen broke

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Cool, this is about software though, not hardware.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            There are some vimeo videos of iphone 3gs running the “same” apps as a much newer android phone and the iphone is destroying it as far as smoothness and overall experience.

            Getting fresh blood on the android team might not be a bad thing. we just gotta make sure duarte stays around!

          • alex drum

            what do you mean “we”? you just put yourself in the same category as the rest of us on here… you have ripped on android in every one of your comments… idk what your angle is but if you think a 3gs runs apps as smooth as a top spec current gen android phone why dont you just go get one of your outdated phones (which is any iphone ever made) and get out.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Ripped on or spoke realistically about? This OS has some major problems and I hope they are ironed out. Excited to see who they bring on next and hope the changes are more exciting than “photosphere” and stuff like that.

            Not sure why you are ripping on Apple but the gpu of their “outdated” 4s still beats most android phones up until this year.

          • alex drum

            im not getting in an argument with a fanboy, i have done it before and all you people end up saying is that ios can handle music better. all im saying is WHY ARE YOU HERE!? what is the most recent android phone you have played with? my mother has a 5 (because its built for technologically retarded people) and the damn thing buggs out all the time! (wifi would not turn on was a feature of the last update) if you kill off all the apps on an android phone and open chrome on a modern android phone it will run very smoothly, a huge “problem” is that android actually has multitasking where as ios has fast switching so it runs pretty much nothing in the background.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            You just called your mom retarded?

            Yeah, ios is amazing for music apps. latency is a major issue on android. again, excited about KLP.

            I just love technology man. My phones are all android. I would never use an iphone as a daily driver. Maybe just as a camera sharing phone though.

          • alex drum

            if you could please learn to read and not incorrectly quote that would be awesome. i said she was “technologically retarded” as many older people are. latency is not a major issue… why the hell do people say that? i listen to music in my car all the time and when my friends connect their iphones it doesn’t make me say “oh my god! this sounds like angels” the only thing that it could be a “problem” for is editing and the “latency” is so tiny its more less unnoticeable. when you make a multimillion dollar movie or a huge album… yes… someone out there will notice something but as for 99.999999999999999∞% of people there is absolutely 0 problem. to be honest you sound really dumb, you come here talk about how your ipad mini is so much better than android and how an old ass iphone (3gs) is better than pretty much any android phone… and you proceed to say you have multiple android phones… tell me how does that make any sense?

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            LOL someone can’t have an ipad and androids?

          • alex drum

            if you have something useful/logical to say feel free to reply otherwise save us both some time and just dont… ps i’m still waiting for a real comment to any of my points i stated.
            -good luck

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      • DigitalDK

        It’s in the Chrome beta builds

        • E A butler

          nice!!!

      • Fiorta

        Works for me… Just single finger double tapped to zoom. Also mine has zero lag when pinch to zoom…

  • NexusMan

    WTF????

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    Say it ain’t so Hugo!

  • Jimmy Debacher

    And the world stops turning….

  • Rob Delaney

    This and now the rumor Vic might go back to Microsoft to be it’s CEO. UGH

    • NexusMan

      And Sergey breaking up with his wife and dating a Google employee….And said employee used to date Barra….hmmm…..

      • ShadrachCA

        And that Google employee is the girl that Hugo was just involved with. True story. Soap opera!

        • djw39

          Are we sure it’s a woman? Serious question. I think AllThingsD just said “a Googler”.

          • rthvk

            Sergey’s gay?

            Sorry, I had to. :P

  • She_Beast

    Interesting. Good luck to him in his ventures.

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      And Sergey breaking up with his wife and dating a Google employee….And said employee used to date Barra….hmmm…..

    • palomosan

      Don’t be surprised, this was deeper than money according to all the reports from Forbes and AllthingsD.

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  • Jonathan Bunch

    tis a sad day.

    why is everyone leaving/ quitting ? leads me to believe that something is going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about.

    • T_Dizzle

      This is exactly what I was going to post. Hopefully the things going on are all good things, but I have my doubts.

      • kashtrey

        Maybe life wasn’t as great after Sundar Pichai took over or perhaps some political fall out for Sundar coming in and Rubin leaving.

        PLEASE just don’t let Duarte leave too before we get to see Android at 100% of his vision instead of the third of the way he thinks it’s at now.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      Yeah, two big players out in such a short time suggests some lost productivity for Android.

      • monkey082506

        Moto X goes live, Nexus 4 drops price, Hugo Barra gets the f out…interesting

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      Xiaomi is a pretty daring company. This should be interesting.

    • Cowboydroid

      Or maybe…just maybe…Android has been such a major success that those involved are being poached for their expertise and entrepreneurship in making other great successes?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Makes too much sense. You make a good point and only get 2 likes.
        You gotta remember that many of the folks here need whimsical speculation to get them through their day.

      • michael arazan

        Poaching the success and teams from android was going to happen, surprised more haven’t left.

    • Andy Stetson

      I/O won’t be as good next year :( So long as Mattias doesn’t jump ship as well, we should survive. Someone fill me in, the only time i ever heard about or from Hugo was during PR events and I/O. What did he actually do for Android besides this?

    • googlemehasawholenewmeaning

      Brin bangin his employees behind the scenes is what. Of course I see a pic of his wife, and I see why.

    • brkshr

      Rumor has it, that he was dating Amanda Rosenberg (works on the Google Glass project) and she left him for Sergey Brin (Google co-founder). So he may be upset about that. This is why workplace relationships are discouraged. Who really knows though?

      • dvschnk

        Just googled her…yeah, she could be trouble. An attractive enough girl with brains that knows how to power grab…I’ve seen companies brought down for less. Might be interesting times at the googleplex…geek and sex is always an interesting mix.