Hugo Barra Leaving Xiaomi and Returning to Silicon Valley Next Month

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    Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra today announced that he will be leaving the Chinese smartphone maker next month.

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    The former senior Android executive at Google said he will be returning to Silicon Valley in February after the Chinese New Year to reunite with friends and family. He described moving to Beijing, some "6,500 miles out of his comfort zone," as the "greatest and most challenging adventure" of his life.
    Barra generated headlines in late 2013 when he left his senior position on the Android team to join Xiaomi. As Vice President of International, he helped expand the company's global presence, although it has yet to officially enter the U.S. smartphone market dominated by the iPhone and other Android-based smartphones.

    Xiaomi has made inroads in other countries, including India, where it generated $1 billion in annual revenues faster than any company in the country's history. The smartphone maker has expanded into over 20 new markets overall, such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Mexico, and Poland.
    In 2014, Xiaomi rose to become the world's third largest smartphone maker behind Apple and Samsung, but it has since fallen out of the top five vendors, according to the latest data from research firm IDC.

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    Xiaomi was sometimes described as "the Apple of China" after releasing a number of iPhone lookalikes, which Apple design chief Jony Ive took issue with.
    Barra defended Xiaomi against the copycat accusations, claiming "people couldn't bring themselves to believe a Chinese company actually could be a world innovator, could build amazingly high-quality products."

    Barra expressed tremendous gratitude for the opportunity he was afforded and said he will now take some "much-needed time off" before "embarking on a new adventure" back in Silicon Valley in the United States. He noted Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has asked him to remain an advisor to the company indefinitely.

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  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Probably should have never left Google in the first place.
     
  3. Gorms macrumors 6502

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    According to the rumours, brother had legit reasons to leave and never go back to Google. Except to wee on the ashes.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Yeah, sure :rolleyes:

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  5. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    Hang on, let me find a video of someone snapping the screen backwards of a MacBook and complaining how this shouldn't be possible on a $4000 computer.
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    I don't hear you denying that the Xiaomi Mi5 had the build quality of a fortune cookie.
     
  7. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

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    The time of western innovations is nearly over. Deal with it!
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    I didn't know that a fake GIF animation replaces real arguments in this forum. Good to know.
     
  8. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Hard to stay when his then-girlfriend left him for Sergey Brin.
     
  9. keysofanxiety, Jan 23, 2017
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    Or possibly a very real GIF of an existing video. 1:52 onwards if you're interested. Once you see the internals and how poorly designed/reinforced it is against the battery line, you'll also concur you've bitten into crackers which are tougher built.

    Hey guys: we can admit that some other phones have terrible build quality. It's neither a pro-Apple nor an anti-Apple statement. It just goes to show what your money buys, which is partly why Xiaomi devices are so cheap for the high hardware specifications they boast.

     
  10. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a

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    He looks like he wants to steal my lunch money...
     
  11. alvesik macrumors member

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    Wasn't he the one whose girlfriend Sergey left his wife for?
     
  12. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

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    Nope! I'd rather go with Nokia than using Chinese glad
     
  13. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    So what did they innovate? Stealing!
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    He is more of a treasonist than a true American! I have no feelings for this man.
     
  14. ryanakarye macrumors newbie

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    What a coincidence! Barely a week ago we learned that Andy Rubin was starting a new high-end Android phone maker, Essential, also in Silicon Valley.
     
  15. alleggerita macrumors 6502

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    Probably planned his return to Silicon Valley when he realised that Xiaomi is gonna suck balls soon.
     
  16. timber macrumors 6502

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    Xiaomi looked a lot cooler when he joined them.

    Nowadays they seem to want to build everything and the kitchen sink.

    There are also several other interesting Chinese manufacturers for anyone looking for extreme value for money and they use a ROM that makes Touchwiz look pretty standard...
     
  17. Solomani macrumors 68040

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    Ouch! Sergey, that horrible Girl-stealer!
     
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  19. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    I don't hear you explaining how forcibly snapping things in half is considered a valid real world usage test.
     
  20. keysofanxiety, Jan 23, 2017
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    Just take a minute or two to watch the video. The enclosure is cheap plastic junk. The build quality is appalling. I shouldn't need to tell you that applying a little force to a phone would result in it snapping in half.

    No, of course it isn't a real world application. But in doing so it fundamentally demonstrates a much more important picture. The longevity of the phone would be vastly reduced due to its crummy build quality. The design is inherently flawed due to the lack of internal reinforcement on the weakest areas.

    I'm sure deep down you know this and ultimately we're arguing semantics. I fully appreciate what you're saying, but that GIF demonstrates in the simplest possible terms just how poorly built these things are.
     
  21. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    Right, I can't but agree with you now.

    I must admit; I get a little zealous when something resembles clickbait or its derivatives.
     
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    Xiaomi forever!! Sad to see him go, thanks for the fish!
     
  23. Morris macrumors regular

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    Am I the only one who always reads his name as Huggy Bear?
     
  24. DeepIn2U macrumors 603

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    That really happened?! What ever happens to Bros before Ho**'s? Any ways he should be thanking Sergei cause he exposed she just wasn't good enough for him and his momma would've smack that B up! (Sorry MoMA would not have approved). And I thought rich and powerful men don't deal in ideals that peasants do such as love. Shows what I know.
     
  25. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Here is what I found on the matter.

    http://valleywag.gawker.com/meet-the-google-founders-mistress-1219044247
     

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