Xiaomi has confirmed rumors that Hugo Barra, the former VP of Android product management at Google, is joining the company. The Chinese company’s co-founder Bin Lin announced the development on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo, first spotted by TechInAsia. This is a big win for Xiaomi, which sold over 7 million smartphones in China last year and is looking at selling 20 million smartphones this year, beating its own estimates of 15 million units. Also Read - MIUI 12.5 update heading to Redmi Note 10 and some older entry-level modelsAlso Read - Xiaomi silently launched Mi LED Smart TV 4C 32-inch at an introductory price of Rs 15,999
Barra will be a key executive to help Xiaomi achieve its global aspirations. His responsibility at Xiaomi will include international business development and strategic cooperation with Google s Android crew. He starts in October. (Updated.) Xiaomi already has a bigger market share than Apple in China and recently began selling its phones in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its latest smartphone, an entry-level RMB 799 model called Red Rice, sold 100,000 units in under 90 seconds and clocked over 7 million preorders. Also Read - Top camera smartphones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Moto G60 and more
The resignation of Google’s face of Android is viewed as controversial after a failed relationship with a Googler, who is now rumored to be involved with Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The relationship has led to a split between Brin and his wife of six years, Anne Wojcicki, with whom he has two children.