Android Exec Hugo Barra Leaves Google for Xiaomi
Hugo Barra, Google's vice president of product management for Android, has resigned from the company, according to a report from AllThingsD. Barra, who has been with Google since 2008, is one of a handful of public faces behind the Android team and often appeared at press events. Barra has accepted a position with Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker, where he will be vice president of the company's new global push. Barra confirmed his departure from Google on his Google+ page. Barra's departure follows that of Andy Rubin, the long-time Android head, who stepped down from his leadership role earlier this year to pursue other projects within Google. Sundar Pichai currently leads the Android and Chrome teams at Google.
Hugo Barra to Work On Oculus VR at Facebook
Facebook today said that former Google and Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra will join the company's virtual reality team. Barra plans to work on Facebook's Oculus project after taking some time off.
Xiaomi's Hugo Barra to Return to Silicon Valley
Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra has left his job at the China-based company in order to return Silicon Valley. Xiaomi poached Barra from Google back in 2013, when he worked on the Android team.
Google Play Store Begins Adding 4K Movies
Google today said the Google Play Movies & TV store is now offering a small selection of 4K (Ultra HD) movies. About 125 titles can be purchased or streamed in 4K.
Xiaomi to Enter US Market with Accessories First
Xiaomi today said it plans to launch an e-commerce web site in the U.S. in the months ahead, but it won't sell any smartphones.