In an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin and Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davidson on the voice-only platform, Mr Gates mentioned that the integrations between Android and Microsoft’s software program meant that the units he makes use of are primarily Android ones.
“I really use an Android telephone as a result of I need to hold observe of the whole lot, I’ll usually mess around with iPhones, however the one I carry round occurs to be Android”, Mr Gates mentioned.
“A number of the Android producers pre-install Microsoft software program in a manner that makes it simple for me. They’re extra versatile about how the software program connects up with the working system. In order that’s what I ended up getting used to. You realize, quite a lot of my associates have iPhone, so there’s no purity.”
Since then, Microsoft has change into extra built-in with different producers, comparable to Samsung. The Korean producer has bundled Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app – which permits some integration between smartphones and Home windows 10 units in an identical technique to Apple’s ecosystem between iOS and MacOS – since 2019.
Though the interview with the Microsoft founder was performed on Clubhouse, the app infamously solely works on iOS units – iPhones and iPads. Davidson mentioned, nonetheless, that the event of an Android model of the app was one of many firm’s high priorities.
Whereas iPhones dominate 45 per cent of the US market, Android stays essentially the most used cell working system on this planet with over 70 per cent of individuals utilizing a Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, or Google machine – because of the pricey price ticket of Apple units, and the widespread availability of cheaper units in international locations like India or China.