Google’s VP in charge of Android product management has left for Chinese cellphone maker Xiaomi

Android VP Hugo Barra has left Google for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. He joined the company in 2008 and according to  All Things D’s Hugo Barra recently tendered his resignation. Hugo Barra himself has announced his departure on his Google+ page, confirming that he will join Xiaomi as a vice president, where he intends to expand the Chinese company’s business globally.

He has been a common face in recent Google announcements the latest being  I/O developer conferences where he announced the Nexux 7. For those unfamiliar with Xiaomi, its a Chinese company that has only been making Android phones for the Chinese market for the past two years and according to Macworld, earlier this month, Xiaomi’s shipments had already surpassed Apple’s.

He will stay within the Android ecosystem

The search giant has confirmed that Barra has left and has wished him the best. “We’ll miss him at Google and we’re excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem.” The second part of that statement seems to lend credence to the possibility that Barra will indeed be headed to Xiaomi.