Xiaomi's Hugo Barra heads to Facebook

Hugo Barra leaves Xiaomi after three and a half years and will now lead Facebook's virtual reality projects

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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra heads to Facebook Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Barra will be leading Facebook's virtual reality efforts, and in particular the Oculus team.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 26, 2017

Earlier this week, Hugo Barra announced his departure from Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, citing a move to Silicon Valley, meaning Facebook.

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Barra will be leading Facebook's virtual reality efforts, and in particular the Oculus team.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said: "Hugo's in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.

"I've known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he's worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.

"Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They'll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I'm looking forward to having him on our team."

During Barra's three and a half years at Xiaomi, he was responsible for expanding the brand globally, including Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, however in particular, his efforts in India where Xiaomi's reportedly generated $1bn in annual revenues.

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