Former Xiaomi ceo Barra is VR division of Facebook lead

Former Xiaomi ceo Barra is VR division of Facebook lead

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Hugo Barra, former high officer of Googles Android-branch of the Chinese smartphonemaker Xiaomi, goes to work as the head of the virtualrealitytak of Facebook.

That has Facebook-ceo Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday night published on its own social network.

In his new position will Barra also was in charge of Oculus, the subsidiary of Facebook that the VR glasses Oculus Rift develops.


The 40-year-old Barra was between 2008 and 2013, worked at Google. There, he eventually became head of the Android department.

In 2013, he made a remarkable step towards the Chinese smartphonemaker Xiaomi, the international division to lead. The move was seen as a sign that it is in China’s fast-growing Xiaomi also big international ambitions.

Three and a half years later, Xiaomi phones, however, is still not in the US and most European countries to purchase, the company expanded to India and some other Asian countries. Meanwhile, the company has its Chinese sell a lot of see it collapse under the pressure of new names such as Oppo and Vivo.


“I have Xiaomi-director Lei Jun learned that in our industry no more important goal than the making available cutting-edge technology to as many people as possible,” writes Barra in a comment on the Facebook post from Zuckerberg.

He says the VR technology of the company “mainstream” to want to make. Currently, the Oculus Rift is still very expensive and there are an estimated several hundreds of thousands of gamers that the glasses have bought. Oculus works with Samsung on the mobile Gear VR-glasses, which by its low price of around 100 euro is a lot more popular.

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