Based on a recent interview – embedded below – on the Apple-only Clubhouse app, Bill Gates prefers Android over iOS because of its flexibility. Especially with regard to the software environment, the reports indicate.
In summary, Mr. Gates says it’s because of Android’s flexibility in “how the software connects with” the operating system. The Microsoft co-founder didn’t provide too many additional details on the matter. But said the preference lies largely with manufacturers. OEMs offer the flexibility mentioned above and this is what Mr. Gates “has grown used to”.
Mr. Gates also notes that some Android OEMs pre-install Microsoft software in a way that “makes it easy” for them.
Don’t call Bill Gates an Android purist, however
While Bill Gates admits a preference for Android, that doesn’t quite mean manufacturers can rest on their laurels. According to Mr. Gates, a lot of his friends own iPhones and he uses them from time to time. So “there is no purity” there.
It’s a feeling reinforced by the fact that Microsoft, the company co-founded by Mr. Gates, is a long-standing competitor to Android. Albeit a competitor who has since been relegated to working on Android on the software side of the equation. And to create devices running on the Android operating system.
The Clubhouse is coming soon to Android
Now, there are plenty of reasons to love Android over iOS. Or at least as many as there are to choose the opposite. But the other big news revealed in the interview has nothing to do with whether or not Bill Gates likes Android more and more with Clubhouse itself. The interview, conducted on the Clubhouse social network, also included Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davidson.
According to Mr. Davidson, development on an Android variant of the app is a “flagship feature” currently in the works.