Earlier this week, the tech press reported that former Android exec Hugo Barra was leaving his latest role as VP at Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Now we know why.
“I’m excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg last night, in a Facebook post welcoming the new recruit.
“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.”
Barra won’t be short of resources in his new role: earlier this month, a report suggested Facebook is willing to plough another $3bn into VR over the next decade, having spent around that amount buying Oculus VR and locking in its team.