Bill Gates has said many times that he prefers Android over iPhone, and that doesn’t seem to have changed. In a recent “Ask Me Anything” article on Reddit, the Microsoft co-founder revealed that it’s no wonder he hasn’t switched to an iPhone and doesn’t use an iPad, Mac, or Microsoft Surface Duo.
Instead, Gates confirmed that he is using a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, which he received directly from Samsung Chairman JY Lee. Gates said last year that he was using a Galaxy Z Fold3 and apparently he went to South Korea just to meet JY Lee and get his new phone.
Gates went on to say that the Galaxy Z Fold4’s foldable screen size means he doesn’t need to use a tablet. Instead, he simply relies on his Android-based smartphone and an unnamed Windows-based “laptop PC.”
I have a Samsung Fold 4 that JY Lee, chairman of Samsung, gave me when I saw it in South Korea to upgrade my Fold 3. Of course I use Outlook and a lot of Microsoft software on it. The screen size means I don’t use a tablet, just a phone and a Windows laptop.
Gates did not elaborate on why he still favors Android over the iPhone. However, during an interview in 2021, Gates said it all comes down to Android makers being “more flexible” about software integration. He later elaborated that by this he meant that “some Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me.”
This reasoning is a bit odd, given that you can easily download Microsoft apps from the App Store on iPhone. Gates also said that he always has an iPhone with him to try new things, but it’s not a device he uses all the time.
Is not Indeed no matter which smartphone operating system Bill Gates prefers. Neither Apple nor Google need Bill Gates’ approval to be successful. However, it seems that people are always interested in what Gates uses, and often they like to ridicule his reasoning.
Perhaps if Apple makes a foldable iPhone, they can win Bill Gates over to their side.
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