On Thursday, Facebook presented Hugo Barra as the new Head of its VR division. The news came just a few days after the later announced his decision to leave Xiaomi.
Facebook is considered the world’s most popular social networking platform. This is based on its number of active user accounts. Presently, the company has more than 1.80 billion active users.
Facebook is a for-profit corporation. Its main service is the social networking and online social media area. As the corporation started growing, it also got involved in various other domains.
Besides AI, VR is probably one of the most sought-after such areas. Back in 2014, Facebook acquired Oculus VR. This later is a technology company. It was founded in 2012. Presently, it is based in Menlo Park, California, just as Facebook.
Since then, the two companies have released a series of products. The Facebook Oculus Gear or Lift are perhaps the best-known products. And now, the VR division will have a new head.
Hugo Barra will join the social media giant company. He will be Facebook’s Vice President of the Virtual Reality decision. The announcement came just a few days after Barra released a statement of his own.
Barra took to Facebook to express his decision to leave Xiaomi. This latter is one of the biggest smartphone producers in the world. Hugo Barra was in charge of the company’s expansion on the international market.
But Barra is not new to the technology area. Before joining Xiaomi, he was also part of Google. The computer scientists occupied a number of product management roles. He was also Vice President of the company. He spent 5 years as part of Google.
And the last 4 were spent with Xiaomi. In his announcement, Barra also stated when he will be leaving the company. The tech executive will remain with the company until the Chinese New Year. This will take place in February.
Following a rest period, Barra will then occupy his new Facebook position. As part of the VR division, he will be faced with quite a few challenges. The Oculus Gear and Rift products are well known on the market. But they are not dominant devices.
The VR sector is a young and competitive new area. Most products target the gaming segment. But Mark Zuckerberg is targeting its social features. According to the Facebook CEO, Hugo Barra will help achieve this goal.
Barra already has experience on building an operating system business. This was acquired thanks to his Google Android period. And he also knows how to build up a hardware brand. This later was acquired during the Xiaomi years. All this experience will now have to be focused on a new area. And a new product.
Facebook’s naming a new VR Head is not surprising. The company has been looking for a replacement since December. Back then, Facebook reduced Brendan Iribe’s role in the area. Iribe is the Oculus CEO.
Zuckerberg offered a few additional details. According to his Facebook post, Hugo Barra shares his belief. They both consider VR and AR to be future segments. They see them as being the potential future major computing platform.
Zuckerberg presented some of the technologies’ potential uses. They could help people experience new things. And it could further open up the gates of human creativity.
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