Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product management, last night announced he’s leaving the tech giant for a job with Chinese device maker Xiaomi.
In a post to his Google + profile, Barra disclosed he’ll be joining his new company as a vice president of Xiaomi Global. As TechCrunch points out, he’ll be reuniting with former Google colleagues like Lin Bin, who co-founded Xiaomi after working as vice president of Google China’s Engineering Research Institute.
Xiaomi started out in 2010 and focuses on building smartphones. The team at Xiaomi also includes former employees of Microsoft and Motorola.
The latest valuation of Xiaomi put the fledgling phonemaker at $10 billion, equal to that of PC goliath Lenovo. Earlier this summer, Xiaomi introduced the Red Rice, a quad-core Android smartphone retailing for only $130. That strategy seems to be working for Xiaomi, which pulled in $2.15 billion in revenue for the first half of 2013.
Barra spent more than five years at Google, coming to the company in 2008 from Nuance Communications.