Top Android executive Hugo Barra is set to leave Google for Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi.
Barra, who holds the title of vice-president of product management at Android, has been with Google for over five years.
Barra has been a constant fixture of Android events, unveiling the Nexus 7 tablet and several platform updates.
In a post on his Google+ page, Barra confirmed the news.
"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."
Xiaomi smartphones are currently sold in Asia, but the hire of Barra suggests that the company has much loftier ambitions.
The company's Mi2 smartphone was favourably received by most critics, featuring a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GBs of RAM and a 4.3-inch 720p screen.