Xiaomi designs and sells smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, and apps. Since its launch in Beijing 2010, the company has gone on to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, challenging Apple and Samsung for market share, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. 


Xiaomi's Vice President Hugo Barra looks on in front of the company's logo during a group interview after the launching ceremony of Redmi Note 3 in Hong Kong. Photo: REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

Hugo Barra to be Facebook’s VR chief

Hugo Barra, who was poached from Google to head Xiaomi’s international expansion plans, will join Facebook to lead the social media giant’s virtual reality (VR) efforts.