Hugo Barra, the former Global VP of Xiaomi has just joined Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of the social media giant has written out an official post mentioning about this. Hugo Barra will be leading the virtual reality section of Facebook which includes the highly acclaimed Oculus platform.
— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) January 26, 2017
This puts an end to all the speculations and rumours surrounding Barra’s next venture after leaving Xiaomi. Nevertheless, the news is pretty surprising and it is surely a new milestone in Hugo’s career. The Brazilian technology executive and entrepreneur has formerly worked as the spokesperson of Google’s Android. After which he went to China to lead the Global expansion of Xiaomi.
With Barra still in China, working his last month at Xiaomi, we presume he will be joining Facebook somewhere in March 2017.
Announcing Hugo’s employment, Zuckerberg said,
“Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform. They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future, and I’m looking forward to having him on our team.”
Mr. Barra also shared his deep interest in virtual reality and augmented reality and told,
“I can’t wait to get started in building that future and join the team soon. It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds.”
He expressed that VR/AR is surely one of the most important technology of our future and he lucky to be working with a platform like Oculus. Barra expects to make the virtual reality more mainstream and accessible for the general people.