Published On: Thu, Jan 26th, 2017

Hugo Barra joins Facebook to lead the VR efforts, including Oculus


Hugo Barra, who formerly hold a positions as a pivotal VP for Android during Google, and led Xiaomi’s general efforts in a VP purpose during a Chinese company, is now fasten Facebook. Barra announced his depart from Xiaomi on Jan 22, after a three-and-a-half year army during a company. Barra will lead all of Facebook’s VR efforts, including Oculus, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who common a news on his FB profile.

Barra fills a opening left behind when Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe stepped down from a tip stop during a Facebook-owned practical existence company, relocating instead into a purpose heading Oculus’ PC-focused VR efforts.

In his proclamation of a news, Zuckerberg remarkable that he’s famous Barra given a ex-Android exec helped rise a world-leading mobile OS, and that Barra believes, along with Zuckberberg himself, that VR and AR are going to be a subsequent large computing height after mobile. Facebook will spend over $3 billion over a subsequent decade to assistance widespread VR to a masses, Zuckerberg suggested in testimony in an ongoing lawsuit opposite Oculus by ZeniMax, a former employer of Oculus CTO John Carmack.

Barra helped Xiaomi introduce its possess Mi VR headset, and vocalization to Bloomberg final year, he had copiousness of regard for Google’s Daydream VR platform. He also talked about it as a tech that will expected come to delight some-more in 2017, that creates it good that he’s fasten Facebook this year to assistance that association serve a VR efforts.

When he posted about his depart from Xiaomi, Barra remarkable that he was going to be headed behind to Silicon Valley, and it looks like he’ll be really tighten to his aged stomping drift indeed.

Barra himself combined that he “can’t wait to get started” in the new role:

“It’s been a dream of cave to work in practical existence even behind when AR/VR were only figments of scholarship fiction; now we’re holding selfies in practical worlds 🙂 we schooled from Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun that there’s no larger job in a attention than holding breakthrough tech and creation it accessible to a biggest series of people,” he said.

Ibe himself even got in on a comments.

“I’m anxious to join army and demeanour brazen to training from we Hugo. The best group in a universe only got even better!” he said.

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