Facebook has announced that former Xiaomi exec and Google Android vice president Hugo Barra is joining the firm to head up its virtual reality (VR) division.
Xiaomi said last week that it had parted ways with VP Hugo Barra, and just says later Barra has confirmed that he's moving from China to Silicon Valley to take charge of Facebook's VR efforts.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the high-profile hire in a post on Facebook.
"I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team," he said.
"Hugo's in China right now, so here we are together in VR (above). 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.
Hugo, commenting on Zuckerberg's Facebook status, responded: "Thanks, Mark! I can't wait to get started in building that future and join the team in a couple of months. It's been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we're taking selfies in virtual worlds," he said.
"I learned from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun that there's no greater calling in our industry than taking breakthrough tech and making it available to the greatest number of people. Really looking forward to doing just that at Facebook — taking VR mainstream — working with you, Brendan, Mike Schroepfer, and the Oculus team!"
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