Hugo Barra, former Google VP for Android and Xiaomi Global VP, is now joining Facebook as VP of virtual reality (VR) and is set to lead the Oculus team.

Hugo Barra & Mark Zuckerberg having a Facebook virtual meeting

Just recently, Hugo announced that he is leaving Xiaomi as he has been strongly motivated by a feeling of detachment from his family, his health and the life he had built up in Silicon Valley.

Here's the recap of the statements of Mark Zuckerberg and Hugo Barra on Facebook:

"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.

I've known Hugo for a long time, starting when he helped develop the Android operating system, to the last few years he's 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." - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder & CEO

"I’m excited to share my next adventure as I return to Silicon Valley—in a couple of months I'll be joining Facebook as VP of virtual reality (VPVR!) and lead the Oculus team. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun always says that the highest calling of an engineer is to make technology breakthroughs quickly and readily available to the widest possible spectrum of humanity. That will be my mission at Facebook and I look forward to building the future of immersive technology with Mark Zuckerberg, Brendan Trexler Iribe, Mike Schroepfer, and the visionaries in the Oculus team." - Hugo Barra, Facebook VP of Virtual Reality

Zuckerberg says that Hugo shares the belief that the next major computing platform will be on virtual reality and augmented reality. Hugo is on the other hand is looking forward to build the future of immersive technology with Mark & the team.

Source: Hugo Barra & Mark Zuckerberg Facebook profiles

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