Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may have unknowingly revived the almost age-old ‘iPhone vs Android’ debate when he recently revealed in an interview on the audio chat app Clubhouse that he prefers an Android smartphone to an Apple iPhone because the former comes with some pre-installed Microsoft software.
According to NDTV, journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin interviewed Bill Gates on the invite-only app Clubhouse on Wednesday night. Mr. Gates spoke about several topics, including cryptocurrency bitcoin, the coronavirus pandemic, and why he prefers Android over Apple smartphones. Ironically, Clubhouse is only available on Apple iOS at the moment and does not support Android.
Mr. Gates said that has used iPhones, but the device he is using these days is Android. “I actually use an Android phone,” Bill Gates said. “Because I want to keep track of everything, I’ll often play around with iPhones, but the one I carry around happens to be Android.”
When questioned further by Mr. Sorkin, the Microsoft co-founder said that some Android devices come pre-loaded with Microsoft software.
“Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me,” Mr. Gates said. “They’re more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system. So that’s what I ended up getting used to. You know, a lot of my friends have iPhone, so there’s no purity.”
In 2019, Gates admitted the way he handled Microsoft’s own mobile phone division was his “greatest mistake.” Microsoft ended up letting Google transform Android into the only true rival for iPhone. Gates regrets letting Microsoft miss out on a $400 billion market at the time.
During the interview, Davidson indicated that an Android version of Clubhouse could be on its way. He called it a “top feature,” which could mean the iPhone Clubhouse could soon dissipate.