A senior Google executive on the firm’s Android division has jumped ship to join Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi, underlining the growing desire from Chinese firms to dominate the phone market.
Hugo Barra was the vice president of product management on Android and he announced his intention to leave Google for Xiaomi in a post on his Google+ account page.
“After nearly five-and-a-half years at Google and almost three 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,” he said.
“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.”
V3 contacted Google for comment on his announcement but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The move marks another key departure from the Android team at Google after the former head of the platform Andy Rubin stepped down from the position to be replaced by Sundar Pichai, who also heads up the firm's Chrome and Apps division.
The move is also somewhat notable because of the previously strained relations between Google and the Chinese government, with the firm threatening to leave China after it claimed it was hacked by the government in 2011.
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