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VP of Android leaves, heads for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi

Hugo Barra, Google's VP of Android leaves, reportedly headed for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi (NASDAQ:GOOG)
| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:22 am

Big news for the Mountain View-based giant tonight, with its VP of Android product management leaving the company and headed for Chinese cellphone maker Xiaomi.

 

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Barra has been with Google since 2008, but get ready for the juicy part: Barra was rumored to be in a relationship with a Google employee who is now seeing Google co-founder Sergey Brin. AllThingsD is reporting that the relationship issues are not part of why Barra left the company.

 

You might be thinking 'just who in the hell is Xiaomi?' but they are quite the force in the Chinese market right now, recently shipping more handsets than Apple did iPhones in the country, according to Canalys' latest numbers. Google has released a statement regarding Barra's departure, where it said: "We wish Hugo Barra the best. We'll miss him at Google and we're excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem."

NEWS SOURCES:Theverge.com

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