Android Exec Leaves Google, Joins Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, vice president of product management for the Android division of Google is leaving his role to become vice president at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi.

“In a few weeks, Ill be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally,” Barra wrote in the Google+ post announcing his departure. “Im really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.”

Xiaomi was recently named Chinas most popular Android smartphone manufacturer in an AnTuTu study, with two of its handsets appearing in the top three.