Bill Gates has stated he prefers Android over the iPhone because of its pre-installed Microsoft software and its flexibility.
Gates was speaking to Andrew Sorkin during a Clubhouse interview earlier this week, as reported by iMore:
In an interview with CNBC and NY Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gates spoke about various issues including Bitcoin, the pandemic, and the age-old question, Android or iPhone. Of course, people realized Gates had an iPhone due to the fact he was on Clubhouse, an iOS-only platform.
From a YouTube recording, the interview opens with Sorkin describing how the immediate reaction to news of Gates’ Clubhouse appearance was “Bill Gates has an iPhone?”.
In response, Gates said, “I actually use an Android phone” but played around with iPhones because he liked to keep track of everything.
Asked if that was “a religious thing”, Gates confirmed he prefers Android because some vendors preinstall Microsoft software on handsets. He also said that he prefers how Android is more flexible in the way the software connects with the operating system, and so he was more used to using Android. He did, however, state that he had a lot of friends who used iPhones and that there was “no purity” there.
Gates also commented on the rise of Bitcoin, warning of its environmental impact and stating that he had chosen not to invest any money in it. He also spoke about the pandemic, and even what Netflix show he was binge-watching. Lupin, if you’re interested.