Earlier this week, Bill Gates had a recent interview online on the Clubhouse App, which is still available on iPhoneOS. In the interview, the Microsoft founder talked about climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and his late rival and friend, Steve Jobs.
Bill Gates is an Android Man
In an Android Authority report, Bill Gates joined Andrew Ross Sorkin for an interview in the Clubhouse app this week. Clubhouse, which is gaining quickly in popularity, is currently an iPhone-only app, but an Android version is on the way.
Gates has talked about his use of Android in the past, so Sorkin was curious if his preference might have changed, given he was interviewed through an iPhone-exclusive app.
In response to Sorkin's question, Bill Gates stated that he still prefers an Android device but said that many of his friends have an iPhone and that he plays with it to satisfy his curiosity. However, it should not be surprising to learn knowing Gates' history with Apple and Steve Jobs.
Bill Gates explains why he still uses an Android, stating that some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for him to keep track of everything.
He added that Android phones are more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system, and that is what he is used to.
After Bill Gates explains his mobile preference, Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davidson was also in the room and interjected with the interview. Davidson stated that their company is now working on making Clubhouse available to Android devices. However, there were no other details than that.
According to 9to5Mac, Bill Gates' reasoning was a bit weird due to the fact that users can download Microsoft apps from the App Store on an iPhone, and even today can adjust a default browser and email apps with iOS 14.
It is not clear what Gates refers to as Android and Apple products have been looking a lot similar in modern times as to back then when the two companies have just branched.
MacRumors reports that in a 2019 interview, Bill Gates admitted that Microsoft losing to Android as the standard non-Apple phone platform was one of the greatest mistakes of all time.
In fairness to Gates, Steve Ballmer served as Microsoft's CEO between 2000 and 2014. Ballmer infamously laughed off the iPhone, but Apple had the last laugh.
Apple vs Android Dispute
People have always known that Android and Apple have not met eye to eye in the past years. The late Steve Jobs once admitted that his life's mission was to "destroy" Android, perceiving it as a stolen product.
Google tried to stay out of it first, but Android partners such as Samsung and HTC played up the Apple vs Android battle to promote its products.
In the early days of smartphones, there were multiple platforms consumers can choose from, such as WebOS, Window Mobile, BlackberryOS, Symbian, and of course, iOS and Android. But over the years, the two prominent mobile companies were slowly killing the competition, the animosity between the two companies then escalated.
However, the mobile wars dwindled following the passing of Steve Jobs, and later Tim Cook succeeded him. Cook was credited with building up and optimizing Apple's supply chain and acted out as CEO when Jobs took medical leave in early 2011.
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Written by: Luis Smith