Social media behemoth Facebook is taking all the necessary steps to gain a foothold in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) market across the world. Recently, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the company has hired a former Google and Xiaomi employee Hugo Barra for heading its VR team at Oculus – which was purchased by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. Zuckerberg announced the information of hiring Barra through a Facebook post.
The reports suggest that Barra, who is a computer scientist born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil worked with Google before joining Beijing-based smartphone developer Xiaomi. Barra joined Google back in 2008 and served the company effectually for more than five years. After two years of joining Google as Group Product Manager to lead its Mobile team, he eventually became a part of its Android team in the year 2010. From 2010 to 2013 Barra contributed tremendously to the growth of Google’s Android team.
However, in 2013 Barra left Google and joined Chinese tech giant Xiaomi as its vice president. Including Barra in its senior management was a very proud feeling for Xiaomi, as he had an experience of working with one of the best tech companies in the world.
In fact, Facebook is also triumphal to hire Barra as the vice president of virtual reality because he is very talented. Zuckerberg has rightly said in his post that former Xiaomi executive also believes that VR and AR will be the next big computing platform.
According to a report, while replying to Zuckerberg’s post, Barra said that “It’s been a dream of mine to work in virtual reality even back when AR/VR were just figments of science fiction; now we’re taking selfies in virtual worlds.”He further said that he is looking forward to working with Facebook.
In December 2016, Brendan Iribe the CEO of Oculus stepped down from his position, and since then Facebook was searching for an eligible leader for this role. The former Oculus CEO will now look after one of two units of the company. However, its new Chief Barra will lead the operations throughout the company.
Well, the kind of experience and skills Barra has shows that he will surely take Facebook to the next level.