But sometimes the executive would get caught with his pants down, so to speak. In 2009, he was photographed using a BlackBerry. Granted, this took place months before the Motorola DROID would kick off Androidmania, and BlackBerry was still relevant among the corporate set. Still, two years later Schmidt was snapped using a BlackBerry Bold 9780 at an event in Indonesia. By this time, Android was well established.
Today, an image is circulating that shows Schmidt using an Apple iPhone in Seoul. What makes this look bad is that the event he was attending at the time was related to Google's AI system, DeepMind AlphaGo. The latter took on and defeated one of the world's top Weiqi players. This is a popular Chinese game that has been around for thousands of years.
When Steve Jobs was alive, he wanted to destroy Google, as he considered Android phones to be iPhone copies. In one famous speech that Jobs gave in January 2010 to Apple employees, the late executive noted that Apple didn't go into Google's search business, so why would Google go after the iPhone?
And that brings us to the pair of images taken this week, showing Schmidt using an iPhone to take photos and send the images out via email or text. Does this have any significance? Considering Schmidt's history, obviously not. Still, the images make you wonder why someone with the opportunity of using any Android phone made, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, would so publicly flaunt a handset made by Google's biggest rival.
Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt is caught using an iPhone at a Google event"
source: Osen (translated) via AndroidInsider