Jan 27, 2017 12:00 PM EST

Former Google & Xiaomi Executive Hugo Barra Is VP of VR At Facebook

Former Google and Xiaomi executive, Hugo Barra, is changing jobs! He has been appointed the Vice President of Facebook's Virtual Reality, announced Facebook CEO.

In a Facebook post made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it was announced that all of the Virtual Reality efforts, as well as the team, at the leading social network website will be led by a man who formerly worked in Google and Xiaomi—Hugo Barra. Barra believes that virtual reality will be the next leading computing platform.

He and Barra first worked together when the latter helped develop the android operating system and it looks like they will be working together once more and more closely at that. Aside from working on augmented reality, Barra will also head the Oculus VR.

In a reply comment, Barra thanked Zuckerberg and expressed his anticipation to working with the team on the "future," which will include many innovative and creative technology. He said that he is looking forward to taking virtual reality mainstream.

Barra also credited Lei Jun, the former CEO of Xiaomi, for teaching him that there is no greater calling other than making breakthrough technology available to many. Engadget wrote that Barra's appointment "fills the hole" that was left when Brendan Iribe, the former CEO of Oculus left to focus on the PC efforts of the company.

An entertaining virtual selfie was also included in the announcement. It showed Zuckerberg and Barra (who is actually in China) together with the former showing a thumbs up.

Many have commented on the post since it was published yesterday. They all involve congratulations and well wishes for Hugo Barra.  

Virtual Reality, along with Internet of Things, is said to be one of the technological trends to watch this year. Read more about it here.

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