Bill Gates Uses an Android Phone
The Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates recently revealed that he has switched to an OS of a long-time business rival. Not Apple, but Google. He switched to Google’s Android software from a Windows phone. This has been said to be the final nail in the coffin for the Windows phones’ future.
Gates told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace while talking about his relationship with Steve Jobs that,"The phone that I have, I recently did switch to an Android phone," he continued, with a grin "with a lot of Microsoft software." He did not leave the fact behind that he does have a lot of Microsoft apps on his Android phone. When asked by Wallace “So, no iPhone?” He replied with “No iPhone” although he did not specify what Android phone is currently in his use.
Having been at odds for years, Apple and Microsoft have been at fierce competition since its famous TV ads of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” and “I’m a PC”. Gates had famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past but he does admit that Steve Jobs was amazing in the Fox Interview. He said to Wallace, “The relationship I had with Steve had every aspect you can imagine. Particularly in the last few years, our friendship – which had always been there – was greatly strengthened as he was dealing with cancer. He and I had a lot in common…He was a genius. Absolutely amazing.”
Despite the Steve Jobs praise, Gates clearly prefers having an Android device with himself, which places him in the same camp as most consumers. Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system with more than 80% market share, according to a research by a firm IDC.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone Operating System launched several years ago, attempting to take on iOS and Android, which however floundered after certain missteps and a lack of support from the developer community. Though recently in April 2017, Microsoft started selling customized versions of Samsung’s Galaxy 8 Smartphone in US stores, because “that’s where their customers are these days” with the edition comprising of Microsoft apps such as Office, Outlook email and voice assistant Cortona because their priority now is to sell these services than having Windows OS on everyone’s phones.