Hugo Barra, Xiaomi Global Vice President, in the Philippines


In Makati, to be exact. At Sentro Greenbelt, to be more precise. A shared FaceBook and Google+ status by Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra told of his whereabouts for one night. That shared post also casually announced Xioami’s Philippine Product Manager, Anne Olvido (see lead image above). This development could mean, following news of their official Philippines website, that Xiaomi phones may soon be locally available.

Xiaomi is known for coming out with reasonably priced Android smartphones with competitive specs. And by reasonable we mean reasonable given the specs and build quality in relation to the price. The Xiaomi line up includes the Mi 3 (a Snapdragon 800 flagship selling for around P15k, and a successor is said to be in the works) and the quad core Redmi Dual SIM selling for around P6k.

Hugo Barra was a former VP of Google and joined Xiaomi in 2013.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for