Just earlier this week on Monday, Xiaomi’s ex-Global VP, Hugo Barra announced its departure from the Chinese multinational. The news came in as a surprise to many of us as Hugo has been an integral part of Xiaomi ever since he joined the company about 3.5 years ago, however, he confirmed that he will be heading back to the Silicon Valley due to some personal reasons.
Interestingly, yesterday’s latest development revealed that Hugo is joining Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook posted on the social networking website – “I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team. Hugo’s in China right now, so here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.
I’ve known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he’s worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.”
In the reply, Barra posted on Facebook – “I’m excited to share my next adventure as I return to Silicon Valley—in a couple of months I’ll be joining Facebook as VP of virtual reality (VPVR!) and lead the Oculus team.”
Well, these events took place in a matter of 4 days and it will be really interesting to see what Barra brings into the Oculus VR. If you are not aware, Oculus VR is an American company specialising in Virtual Reality hardware and software products. Facebook, in a deal worth USD 2.3 Billion, acquired Oculus VR back in 2014. Oculus VR has been one of the most important acquisitions of the social network giant and we hope Hugo Barra brings all his creativity and innovations to the new project.