Google Android exec poached by China phone maker Xiaomi
AFPNEW YORK CITY -- China's Xiaomi has poached a key Google executive involved in the tech giant's Android phones, in a move seen as a coup for the rapidly growing Chinese smartphone maker.
August 31, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Hugo Barra, who was Google's vice president in charge of Android product management, said in a blog post late Wednesday that he is joining Xiaomi to help them expand their business outside China, where they already have some market share, but are well behind Samsung and Apple.
Xiaomi was co-founded by a former Google executive, Lin Bin.
“We wish Hugo Barra the best,” Google said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.
“We'll miss him at Google and we're excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem.”