Android Is 'More Flexible' Than iOS 'In A Way That Makes It Easy'

Bill Gates
Microsoft co-founder and former CEO

Comparing Android and iOS is something that will never end. As long as the two operating systems remain the most popular choices among mobile devices and their users, the bloodless war will continue to have fans and haters.

Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, the tech giant that has been around longer than most modern tech companies out there.

Having seen the era without smartphones, Gates may have regretted that Microsoft didn't venture to the smartphone business as fast as Google or Apple. But what is certain, Gates has his own preferences that followed of his company's late arrival to the industry

And that is his thoughts about his daily driver gadget.

During an interview with CNBC and The New York Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, the tech world's first ever centibillionaire revealed that he prefers Android over iOS devices.

"I actually use an Android phone. 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."
Bill Gates.

He added that:

"Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me. They're more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system. So that's what I ended up getting used to. You know, a lot of my friends have iPhone, so there's no purity."

During the interview, Gates discussed a lot of topics.

For example, when asked about his take on the “climate argument” around Bitcoin, Gates said that mining the cryptocurrency "uses more electricity per transaction than any other method known to mankind. So it’s not like a great climate thing," Gates said.

"If it’s green electricity and it’s not crowding out other uses, eventually maybe that’s OK. I don’t see the topics as deeply related, even though you might label me a Bitcoin skeptic — that is, I haven’t chosen to invest money. I buy malaria vaccines. I buy measles vaccines. I invest in companies that make products. It’s not a, ‘Hey, somebody’s going to buy this for more money than I paid for it.’ But if other people find their fortune that way, I applaud them."

And when speaking about the 'COVID-19' coronavirus, Gates who was previously blamed by conspiracy theorists for being the mastermind behind the pandemic, said that he had received his second vaccine.

“It’s the only time I’ve ever been thankful to be such an old person, 65 years old,” he said.

Having more confidence when around other people and when in public, Gates said that he is not going to stop wearing masks or being careful, particularly around older people who haven’t been vaccinated.

“Wearing masks isn’t some huge disastrous thing. It’s not expensive, we’re kind of used to it,” he said. “I would continue to model that behavior throughout the fall until we’re absolutely sure of the numbers are very, very small.”

Other things he talked, included topics about his late frenemy Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, and what he’s watching on television while stuck at home.

The interview however, was mostly about promoting Gates' book titled How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.

But the thing about this interview is that, it was done through Clubhouse, the viral voice-only app that at this time, is an invite-only app exclusive to iOS.

So here, or at least during the interview, Gates has had an iPhone around, to apparently join the Clubhouse room.

Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davidson who joined the interview, confirmed that an Android version of the app is the "top feature," and that his team is working to make that happen.