So which businesses are doing the most thrilling Android or iOS work? This is an argument that has been raging for years. Former Microsoft manager Bill Gates knows which one he prefers: predictably, it’s Android, but he uses an iPhone when it’s required.
Speaking to CNBC and NY Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin on the Invite-Only Clubhouse app (via Android Central), Gates stated that his long-standing preference for Android’s smartphone operating system has not changed—but he’s not ignoring Apple’s handsets entirely.
Gates said he’s going for the Google ecosystem because “Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me and they’re more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system so that’s what I’ve ended up getting used to.”
Although Gates has a day-to-day Android smartphone, it uses an iPhone to stay up-to-date on all and other things, such as using the Clubhouse iPhone-only app.
Back in 2019, Gates said his worst error was losing out to Google in the mobile landscape. “It was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It’s just the winner to take all, “He said that. “There’s space for only one non-Apple operating system, and what’s that worth? $400 billion to be moved from G [Google] to M [Microsoft].”
Gates was also asked which businesses he thinks are doing the most interesting work. Google and Microsoft were his options, but he added “Amazon’s doing great work, Apple’s doing great work, Facebook.”
“But, in terms of really pushing the boundaries of computer science and architecture and AI, I’d say Google and Microsoft have a strong R&D commitment — both stuff they share openly and things they focus on for their own products.”
Elsewhere, Gates has cast some doubt on the Apple car. “I doubt they’re going to make the same margin on the iPhone,” he said, noting that, unlike electric vehicles, a world full of autonomous cars isn’t a guarantee.