Microsoft founder Bill Gates has revealed he prefers Android mobile devices to a pearly-white Apple iPhone.
The Big Tech billionaire made the comment to CNBC and NY Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin on the invite-only Clubhouse app.
"I actually use an Android phone," 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."
"Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me," Gates said. "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.
Asked which tech firms were coming up with the most exciting developments, he was not modest.
"Amazon's doing great work, Apple's doing great work, Facebook," Gates said. "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."
The revelation of Gates' operating system sparked a minor Twit-storm. One twitter-oid said Gates' Android preference was "obvious" to all geeks.
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But another pointed out that the Microsoft boss made his comments on an app only available for the iPhone.
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Another made fun of the media frenzy around what kind of phone the billionaire uses when the world was in turmoil.
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