Android vice president Hugo Barra leaves Google for Xiaomi
Barra confirmed the surprise departure himself on his Google+ account:
After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 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.
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.
His surprise, sudden departure means he is another high-ranking, long-time member of the Android team to leave Google in the last six months – back in March Andy Rubin (creator of the Android platform bought by Google) formally departed the company, making way for the Chrome-oriented Sundar Pichai to take Android leadership.
Most recently, he was the mainstay and keynote provider of the Google I/O event in May.