Hugo Barra Calls It A Day As Xiaomi’s Global VP; To Continue As Advisor

Main Image
  • Like
  • Comment
  • Share

In an unexpected move, Hugo Barra, Global Vice President of Chinese Internet of things company Xiaomi, announced that he will be leaving the company in February, once the Chinese New Year kicks in.

Barra made the announcement through a post on Facebook wherein he cited health concerns as well as prolonged time away from friends and family as the main reasons for his decision to part with a company he helped develop globally.

Also read: Best Smartphone Under 15,000 Inr In India (February 2017)

xiaomi-logo

In the post, Barra wrote: “But what I’ve realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I’ve left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return.”

Although Barra would still be associated with the company as an advisor, his departure has dealt a terrible blow to the company which is already struggling to cope up with its competitors, having pulled back from several overseas markets.

Hugo Barra Quits Xiaomi

Barra was the most recognized member of the Xiaomi top-brass and arguably one of the best Tech presenters ever. Having left Google’s Android team for Xiaomi, which was then a virtually unknown startup, he was instrumental in making the company a tough competitor to the likes of Samsung and Apple, especially in the country.

Also Read: Vivo V5 Plus With Dual Selfie Cameras and Snapdragon 625 Launched At Rs. 27,980

For now, the 40-year-old would stay back in China until the next month after which he will be replaced by current IP and Partnerships chief, Xiang Wang. It would be interesting to see how the company copes up with Barra’s exit and also to see what he does at Silicon Valley after catapulting Xiaomi to global fame.

Anurag SharmaAnurag Sharma
Passionate Storyteller, Occasional Writer. \m/ Journalism Undergrad. Trying to win at life one sentence at a time. Why so serious? Let's put a smile on that face. 8)

Related Articles

ImageExclusive: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Specs Revealed Ahead of Unveiling at Paris Unpacked

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked is still several weeks away, and leaks about the products launching at the event keep rolling in. The Galaxy Z Flip6 is one of the products launching at the event alongside the Galaxy Z Fold6, Galaxy Watch7, Galaxy Watch Ultra, and Galaxy Ring.Earlier, we revealed the 5K renders of the …

ImageiQOO 11 & Xiaomi 13 launch events postponed: New dates announcement soon

The launch events of 2 major tech brands- Xiaomi and iQOO have been postponed. Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series today while iQOO was about to launch the iQOO 11 Series and Neo 7 SE smartphones tomorrow. However, in the latest development, both launch events have been postponed. Both brands have issued …

ImageXiaomi presents Quad Curved Waterfall Display with steep curves on all four sides

Xiaomi has officially presented its Quad Curved Waterfall Display concept on February 5. The new idea involves the extensive implementation of glass bending and laminating technology on all four sides. The Chinese smartphone maker took to Twitter to announce this display technology, which is currently only limited to a concept phone. Also Read: Realme X7 …

ImageXiaomi 14T Series & Xiaomi MIX FLIP Smartphone Global Launch Confirmed: Details Inside

Tech giant Xiaomi has been on a roll ever since 2024 began. The brand started the year by launching its popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Series in January followed by Xiaomi 14 Ultra which was a premium offering by the brand. Recently, the brand also confirmed bringing the Civi Series to India by launching the …

ImageXiaomi 14 & Xiaomi 14 Ultra Announced Globally: Watch 3, Smart Band 8 Pro & Pad 6S also launched

Mobile World Congress 2024 is about to kick off today in Barcelona, Spain. The event will see various leading tech brands from around the world hosting shows and showcasing their plans for the future. A day before MWC officially begins, third-largest smartphone maker Xiaomi held its ecosystem event wherein the company announced several products for …

Discuss

Be the first to leave a comment.