Hugo Barra had recently announced his exit from Xiaomi company and now an exciting role awaits the former VP for Android. Barra will be joining Facebook as the VP for the Virtual Reality team. The announcement was made by CEO and founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg who posted on his page about Barra joining the company’s VR team.
“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,” Zuckerberg said in his post and shared a picture of Zuckerberg and Barra hanging in VR style.
Zuckerberg quoted that he had known Hugo for a long time, starting from when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years when he worked at Xiaomi in Beijing bringing innovative devices to millions of people.
“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.”
As Brendan Iribe, the former Oculus CEO stepped down from the company to focus on PC efforts in December, Barra’s role will fill the gap left behind by the former Oculus CEO.
Facebook will spend over $3 billion on its VR wing Oculus in the coming years and spread to the masses, Zuckerberg revealed in an ongoing lawsuit.
Barra, in a comment on the post said, “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 J I learned ‘from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun that there’s no greater calling in our industry than taking breakthrough tech and making it available to the greatest number of people.”
Barra, who worked as a Global VP in Xiaomi for three and a half years helped the company to introduce its own Mi VR headset last year.