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Google Android exec poached by Chinese firm

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China's Xiaomi has poached a key Google executive who was in charge of Android product management.

Hugo Barra confirmed his departure from the tech giant in a post on his Google+ blog.

It said: "After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most amazing group of people I've ever worked with in my life — I have decided to start a new career chapter."

"In a few weeks, I'll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally — as Vice President, Xiaomi Global. I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem."

Android is the Google-developed smartphone operating system.

Xiaomi was co-founded by a former Google executive, Lin Bin.

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