CIO Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
Daily Briefing for Technology's Top Decision-Makers
Wednesday, April 16th 
The future of tape is here.
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Enterprise Software
Enterprise Hardware
Big Data
Network Security
Cloud Computing
CRM Systems
Data Storage
Operating Systems
Communications
CIO Issues
Mobile Tech
Chips & Processors
World Wide Web
Business Briefing
After Hours
Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Business Briefing

Google Android Brain Heads to Chinese Competitor

Google Android Brain Heads to Chinese Competitor
August 29, 2013 10:21AM

Bookmark and Share
Hugo Barra is a logical hire for Xiaomi. It's not clear whether his personal life and recent breakup with a co-worker played any role in his decision to leave Google. He denies it did. Barra has been on the Android team for several years and he may have also wanted a new challenge.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

China's mobile phone industry is working hard to rise in the global economy -- or at least get more of its citizens to buy into devices made in the Communist nation. But an executive move by Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi comes with especially high ambitions.

Xiaomi is looking to drive more innovation on the Android front with the hire of Hugo Barra, one of the masterminds behind the development of Google's Android mobile operating system. Xiaomi needs all the help it can get, considering it has no retail stores or deals with third-party distributors. Of course, that could soon change as the company raises its international profile with its new hire.

In October, Barra will join the Beijing-based company as head of international business development. With the move, Xiaomi seems poised to take on Samsung Electronics. Of course, the Chinese smartphone maker has miles to go before it comes close to its rival's Android dominance. But its low-price differentiator has turned heads in China and could turn more outside its homeland.

A Significant Industry Player

According to Canalys, Xiaomi owned 5 percent of China's smartphone market in the second quarter. Samsung Electronics boasted an 18 percent market share while Apple posted a 4.8 percent share. But, like Lenovo and Huawai, Xiaomi is looking beyond its borders for new growth opportunities. The company is betting Barra is the man to lead that charge.

"He's a significant figure in the industry, a significant figure at Google," Pete Cunningham, an analyst at Canalys, a research firm, told the New York Times. "It underlines the trend we're seeing in the market. The Chinese vendors are going to play a big part in shaping the future of the industry."

For Barra's part, he is committed to helping Xiaomi. In a Google+ post, he confirmed he is joining the Xiaomi team in China to "help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally -- as Vice President, Xiaomi Global," he said. "I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem."

Google offered a statement saying, "We wish Hugo Barra the best. We'll miss him at Google and we're excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem."

A Logical Hire

We caught up with Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, to get his take on the Google departure. He told us Barra is a logical hire, in a way.

"Xiaomi handsets are Android-based and Barra was a major figure on the Android team, helping direct the platform and its devices. I'm sure he's being given a significant and interesting opportunity in China -- as well as pay commensurate with that," Sterling said.

"It's not clear whether his personal life and recent breakup with a co-worker played any role in his decision to leave Google. He denies it did," Sterling added. "Barra has been on the Android team for several years and he may have also wanted a new challenge."

According to AllThingsD, Barra's decision to resign is unrelated to the end of his romantic relationship with another Google employee, who is now reported to be seeing Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Business Briefing
1. Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
2. Politics Test Silicon Valley, Russia
3. Motorola Sells Enterprise Biz to Zebra
4. Why Netflix Got So Blazingly Fast
5. Tech Stocks: From Giddy to Glum




 Most Popular Articles
1. BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Nasty Spat
2. Will Satya Nadella Launch an Office for iPad?
3. Google Unveils Android Wear for Smart Watches
4. Cisco, IBM Launch Internet of Things Consortium
5. IBM Applies Big Data Analytics To Fight Against Fraud

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  IBM Adds Disaster Recovery to SoftLayer
  Mark Hurd's 5 Keys to Market Success
  Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
  Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
  How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug

 Technology Marketplace

Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise Hardware
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
 
Enterprise I.T.
BMC's I.T. solutions unleash the power of your business
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 million, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.
 

Navigation
CIO Today
Home/Top News | Enterprise Software | Enterprise Hardware | Big Data | Network Security | Cloud Computing | CRM Systems
Data Storage | Operating Systems | Communications | CIO Issues | Mobile Tech | Chips & Processors | World Wide Web
Business Briefing | After Hours | Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 CIO Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.