Aug 28 AT 8:14 PM Jess Blanchard 40 Comments

UPDATED: A whole new kind of fragmentation: Google’s love triangle

broken heart

A mysterious woman, referred to only as a “Googler” by AllThingsD, may have been the impetus for Hugo Barra’s decision to leave Google for Chinese company Xiaomi. Looks like HTC’s Cher Wang will be getting some company.

Barra rose quickly through the ranks at Google after joining the company in 2008 and most recently served as vice president of Android, product manager. This evening, attention has been drawn to the fact that his departure from Google coincides with a co-worker’s departure from him. Barra had been romantically involved with an unnamed fellow Googler (we’re calling her Helen), who has apparently spurned Barra for Sergey Brin, the company’s co-founder. Brin has been married to Anne Wojcicki for six years; their publicist confirmed this morning that the couple has been living apart for months.

What would, ordinarily, be juvenile tabloid news is heightened by the timing of it all. In the wake of Andy Rubin’s absence from the Android team, the loss of another executive could send ripples through the division.

Well, we hope she was worth it, Sergey!


Okay, Glass. Show me this elusive Googler. It’s Amanda Rosenberg, 26-year-old Glass marketing manager. In fact, she’s the one who coined the phrase, “Okay, Glass.” AmandaRosenberg

Google has also confirmed Barra’s resignation, and Xiaomi has confirmed his appointment. Barra posted the following to Google+:

A new Android chapter

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.

It has been an amazing ride and true honor to be part of the Android team at Google, and I especially want to thank +Andy Rubin , +Hiroshi Lockheimer , +Sundar Pichai and +Vic Gundotra for their phenomenal support and mentorship over the years.

+Android team, I will truly miss you all!

Words are hard. I word good.

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  • Jess Blanchard

    Of course the woman gets to write this story…

    • epps720

      On today’s episode of, ‘As the Android World Turns’

    • Max.Steel

      You read our minds…

  • redraider133

    Hopefully they can find a good replacement for him, and best of luck at your new company.

  • Floorman63

    Sometimes you just have to believe that the best will come out of it.

  • Nate B.

    Well, I like candy hearts.

  • heat361

    Don’t forget JBQ also resigned recently.

  • SGB101

    I thought this was tech site, not Mills and boons’?

    • Jack

      Have to get those clicks some how I’m afraid… Even if it’s at the sacrifice of actual journalism.

      • discography

        A key player of the Android team is leaving and it may be for a tawdry reason, but its news in the world that this site. What mythical journalism ethics are being sacrificed again?

        • redraider133

          He’s not really a key member though. Now if Matias left I’d be worried.

  • Tom

    really guys your article is so full of bs and blown out of proportion i can hardly believe it i would have expected more from a phonedog owned site. sites like android police, android central did it right. you guys should be ashamed of your selves

    • ihatefanboys

      Yourselves is one word not 2, you should be ashamed. lol , jk.

    • discography

      Blown out of proportion how? A key corporate player is leaving the team and the WHY could have repercussions all the way up the corporate ladder involving the co-founder of one of the biggest companies in the world. Depending on how it was handled behind the scenes by the board/HR/etc, it could be ugly.

  • julian

    Thought I typed in feel like I just read a tabloid magazine or turned on tmz

    • Noel

      OK every now and then a juicy topic involving personalities in the mobile/tech space is worth a read, some smiles or laughs.

  • cj100570

    I’m sure I’ll get banned for this but it will have been worth it…. Jess Blanchard you are a disgrace. Why you would feel the need to go on your little bitch fest about rumors of the personals lives of these individuals is beyond me. Any credibility you may have had is gone and the editors of this site should be ashamed of themselves for letting this drivel be posted.

    • Jess Blanchard

      We don’t make a habit out of banning people for expressing their opinions. On the contrary; it is encouraged. If our staff didn’t have tough skin, they wouldn’t be working in this industry. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  • BodyMarks

    I can’t say you’re the first one to ever stoop so amateurishly low and this is not likely to be your last shining-moment of journalism. Please consider raising your professional standards to something above relevant.

  • Blessen

    Why is this article even news? smdh.

  • Roger

    First of all: Noone is unreplacable.
    Second: Is this the kind of articles a tech site will be doing from now on?
    I get more than enough lovestories in my local tabloids, I come here to read tech news
    and even thogh this includes some heavy tech names it’s hardly tech news.
    I’ll just have to get my daily tech dose somewere else I guess….

  • Eben1277

    Why are people getting so twisted about this article? This is a blog, written by bloggers. This is not Woodward and Bernstein reporting for the Washington Post. How many of the bloggers here do we think have journalism degrees? Are we at the point in society now where we expect bloggers to be qualified journalists? Some of you actually seem personally offended by the article, as though it were about you. Get a grip.

    • Jess Blanchard

      There is a silver lining, though. The outrage shows us that our readership has come to expect a high standard of quality from the site, which means that, on the whole, we’ve done an excellent job of cultivating and maintaining our brand. That’s exactly what we want to be doing.

    • ihatefanboys

      I think this a lot and you put it into words. They are all bloggers that happen to write for one site. This is not a professional source of information, its an excellent source of information, but i never considered it super professional. Besides I think the information is relevant, especially if it is the reason a senior member of the Android team is leaving the company. Its reality and these things happen all the time at other companies. People on this site would have been speculating on their own about his departure. God forbid someone from Android and Me throw their two sense in. People need to grow up and not have bitch fits over what really is ….nothing.

  • James Roots

    Why is everyone railing on this site?
    Or its writers?

    I for one want to know what the hell is going on behind the scenes, even if it is pure grade a shit.

    You all need to get off the nonexistent moral high horse and stop defending journalistic ethics that only exist in some professor’s classroom.

    Google’s elite are dragging the company through the gutter, what do you expect the reporters to do. Spray it with pixie dust?

  • ibap

    I’m not sure who the article is trying to blame, but these are all adults and are allowed a life outside of the office, if they can ever find their way out of the premises. How about enlightening us as to the goings on at Android and Me?

    Have you written about Elon Musk’s history?

    • Nick Gray

      I’m sure we would if he happened to be entangled in the Android world.

    • discography

      You are a bit daft if you can’t see how their personal lives are already spilling into the Android (and potentially Google as a whole) world.

      Elon Musk is in any way associated with Google?

      A swing and a miss in the false outrage department for you.

  • discography

    Why are people bent out of shape over this article? This is a major shift in the Android division, driven by events that may climb very far up the executive ladder and may even spill over into the board room and impact the company as a whole. This is a big deal. This isn’t Justin Bieber pissing in an alley. Leave the poor writer a lone. If you can’t see the newsworthiness of these events and how it effects the “And me” (you) in Android And Me you are blind, deaf or dumb.

    • Jess Blanchard

      More in-depth editorial looks at exactly how this may affect Android are in the works for this evening and tomorrow morning, so stay tuned!

  • Nick Gray

    I can’t wait to see how Hugo will change the perception of Xiaomi. Right now, the company is doing really well in China, but Hugo’s presence will raise the company’s profile and give legitimacy to Miui, possibly bringing it to mainstream consumers in Europe and North America.

    • jamal adam

      I feel that he had a way of presenting products that made it genuine and really worthwhile to watch, i.e. the Nexus 7 (2013) presentation.

  • jamal adam

    True that this is their personal/private lives and they can do what they want in that aspect of thier lives. However, when it could/starts affect(ing) Android and the workings of Google then I think it becomes important news that needs to be addressed because that will certainly affect us consumers. Now Google has to fill in Hugo Barraa’s position as VP of Android Product Management and he is going to be a hard guy to replace.

  • Paul Atreides

    As the world turns….

  • uknowme

    Interesting. Amanda is in my G+ circles.

  • hurric

    I don’t know.. I rather enjoyed reading gossip as a change. shows that even if you’re head of biggest company like Google, still not safe from gossip/scandals like this..I didn’t know she was 26…

  • Max.Steel

    Tabloid news.

  • Thriller87

    This article imo is not a bad one. This is the 3rd High Ranking member of the Android team to leave as another commenter said. This could be good or bad for the Android community depending on who takes over and what their vision maybe for Android.

  • lol

    Turns out Rosenberg also slept with Jobs prior to his death. ZOMG. She’s the Apple secret thermonuclear weapon. What a twist!

  • donger

    It’s ok.