Android's Hugo Barra Leaves Google's Android Team to Work for China’s Xiaomi
One of the most high-profile members of Google’s Android team has apparently left the company for Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker. The news comes in just six months after Andy Rubin, former head of Android development took on a new position. The employee we are talking about is Hugo Barra, the former vice president of product management for Android. For those of you who don’t know much about him, he has served as a public face for Android, leading many of Google’s product unveilings and demonstrations.
As mentioned before, Barra left Google to become vice president at Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker that builds handsets that utilize the Android mobile operating system. According to Google, the company is “excited” to hear news of the former executive “staying within the Android ecosystem.”
Barra’s departure comes as he allegedly ended a “thorny” relationship with a co-worker at Google according to sources who spoke with AllThingsD
. Barra reportedly was seeing a Google employee who is now said to be dating Google co-founder Sergey Bring, who recently split with his own wife.
His exit marks the second major change to the Android team in just six months. In March, Google announced that Andy Rubin, who served as head of Android since the platform was acquired in 2005, was moving to a “new chapter” at the company. The major shakeup at Google has occurred as Android has established itself as the market share leader in smartphones, but also as the search company struggles to monetize the platform and end fragmentation among different hardware vendors.
Apple on the other hand saw its own mobile division see major changes late last year with the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall. This led the head designer, Jony Ive, to take control of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system. This move is exactly what led to the major overhaul in the design of iOS 7, which some users are either a big fan of or unsatisfied with.