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Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt caught using an Apple iPhone

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Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt caught using an Apple iPhone
Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt has been photographed in the past using a variety of smartphones. That is no surprise. After all, as the former CEO of Google, there were times over the years when Schmidt's use of an Android model before release confirmed the existence of that handset. That is what took place in July 2013 when a wire service happened to snap a picture of Schmidt using the unannounced Motorola Moto X. The phone would be unveiled a little more than two weeks after we passed the image along to you.

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.


source: Osen (translated) via AndroidInsider

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posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:47 4

1. Mrmark (Posts: 262; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Thru can do what they want now it's not Google but Alphabet that owns Google .

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:19 25

17. Johnnokia (Posts: 1059; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I guess many people secretly love the iPhone. Even the ones here who bash Apple every time, they really own or love to use the iPhone.
I just met many of those
I don't know why!

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:46 22

30. marorun (Posts: 2899; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


The day i will use an iphone is the day Apple will open its IOS to other OEM and i will have choice of handset.

I dont hate ios precisely i hate to overpay for an overall inferior product.

ios on newer android hardware would make it possible to keep the phone easily 3-5 years thats would be great value.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:59 14

38. Unordinary (Posts: 1013; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


"Overall inferior"

LMFAO.
That bull%#^* overpay excuse is as old as dirt lololool

I used to think the same until years ago when I made the switch. Underpay my %#% LOLOLOL.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:07 24

42. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


"Overall Inferior product"

People like you make all Android fans look like idiots.

1. The product is inferior to you. It isn't a fact that iPhones are inferior to other phones.

2. Unordinary is 100% right. When the hell are you gonna stop this "overpriced" BS. IPhones could be sold for more and they'd still sell well. Why? Because people love them. Just like I love my Samsung phones, people love their iPhones.

Marorun and anyone like you: please just shut the hell up unless you are going to share a balanced and logical opinion.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:18 7

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10586; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'll take inferior over something living in beta all of the time.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 19:42 4

91. Hoggington (Posts: 128; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


It's true....iOS does seem like it's always stuck in Beta. Probably due to the lack of common sense features and an open platform, that any "smartphone" should have.

I agree.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:39 4

103. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Eric Schmidt doesn't agree with you

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 16:21 5

64. Raito (Posts: 56; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


"Inferior product"??!?!?!
Dude,I had 3 flagship Android phone for 4 years before i made switch to Apple ecosystem and i dont find what you call inferior product with iOS hardware,everyting has its own advantage,

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:59 3

81. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Incomplete or imperfect yes. Apple products not inferior. You just pay more for less features.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 20:08 10

92. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1917; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Haha, you really hurt the feelings of so many iSheeps living in denial.

I 100% agree with you on that having used iOS for over half a decade and switched to Android. Stuff that ancient dumb phones could accomplish, you still can't do on the official iPhone. On top of that, the multitasking capabilities were just frustrating and unreliable until the iphone 6s, with tabs continuously reloading as you switch away from them, making you loose everything you typed, to inability to handle essential jailbreak tweaks without slowing down like a slut. These were the same iDiots that were earlier bahing "1GB RAM is enough" until apple finally brought it to their device. Battery life was yet another frustration with them until recently, especially with essential jailbreak tweaks, I'll have to charge twice a day if I dare making use of my tweaked-out device.

Now they've partially fixed that with the 6s/6s+, after years of ripoff price tags. Yet it still isn't capable of doing what dumb phones were capable of, including system wide automation, Bluetooth file/media sharing, central file management, being used as a Flash drive, etc. Still gotta jailbreak for that and many other smart features. But as always, iSheeps will remain in denial and keep bahing "it's useless" or "it's a gimmick" or "apple knows what they're doing" until herd master apple finally brings it to their device after years of separating them from their cash like fools.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 02:25

114. Raito (Posts: 56; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


looks like some people forgot about Windows mobile,it's better than your crapdroids,lag free,superior camera,better Windows ecosystem,but oh well,people nowadays just using Crapdroids and iOS,

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 14:54

120. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1917; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Windows Phone/Mobile is a lame and limited joke at this moment, worse than iOS IMO. Couldn't care less if something is smooth as butter if it's useless, my OnePlus One operates smooth without any compromise on my SmartPhone experience. Wouldn't touch a Windows Phone/Mobile until they get to this stage:

www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html

Once they're there, would proudly grab my first Windows SmartPhone.

Posted from my Surface Pro.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:05 3

40. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3634; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Yes, everyone secretly wants to be like everyone else. Guess that whole "Think Different" campaign that Apple used to run was only good when they wanted people to switch from Microsoft. Now that they have more than a minority, they want everyone to be the same.

"I just met many of those I don't know why!" Really, how many of those people did you meet? I'm curious.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:05 1

41. nctx77 (Posts: 1646; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


the hate that most people have on these tech sites typically stem from the Mac vs PC days. It just carried straight over to the phones.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 07:05

128. StuiWooi (Posts: 69; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


And who is it we have to thank for instilling that line of thinking with their advertising?

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 16:50 2

66. remotespeed (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


It's his wife's phone.
see link: thisisnotareallink.com

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 18:35

123. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The only iphone that i liked was the silver 5s but i hate apples closed OS thats why i didnt buy it.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:02 1

68. Subie (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Google created and became Alphabet. They split the company into different divisions and called the parent(umbrella) company Alphabet. They're still headquartered over in Mountain View.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:07 10

69. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Not sure what the big deal is. If I had Eric Schmidt money I'd have a different smartphone for every hour of the day: iPhones, Galaxies, Nexuses, Ones, Xperias, Motos, Huaweis, etc.

Love 'em all.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:28 3

71. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


This. You cannot understand, appreciate, and know what you want or need unless you use a multitude of devices. Google employees aren't forced to use Chromebooks (They typically use Macs or Linux laptops), so you know they all don't use Android all the time. Knowing and understanding your friends and enemies pushes you to deliver better products.

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 01:57

112. SamDH1 (Posts: 402; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


Fun fact, Google employees are only allowed to use Macs and Linux at the Google campus.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:48

105. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


hahahha thats funny i say fire his ass its not like he is doing any real work worth anything just a suit

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:51 2

2. vliang86 (Posts: 106; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


That's like Steve Jobs using an Android phone...

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:03 19

8. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Funny, I don't recall ever hearing Larry Page declare he was going to go thermonuclear on iOS and try to destroy it....

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:27 1

70. Unordinary (Posts: 1013; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


You need money to start a thermonuke war :P

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:33 3

73. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Seeing as Google has passed Apple as the most valuable company in the world I don't think money would be a problem. ;)

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:51 2

76. Unordinary (Posts: 1013; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


That lasted for less than 24 hours, LMFAO!!! Keep up with the times man ;)

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:55 5

77. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Quit denying the truth.... Your fan boy is showing....

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:06 12

11. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Except that it's nothing like Steve Jobs using an Android Phone. Google makes plenty of money with information gleaned from iOS users and Android users alike. IOW Google doesn't see iPhone the same way that Apple regards Android.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:30

72. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2086; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Not only that, but people, in general, don't see other people like corporations see other corporations. Corporations aren't human, so it is time to stop ascribing human emotions to them.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:10 1

13. lilhart (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I don't think he ever used a mobile phone.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:49

106. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


right look at how he is holding the phone

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:58 10

4. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 176; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


"You gotta keep your friends close and your enemies closer"

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 16:57 3

67. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Or
"Hey Eric, check this out on my phone"
SNAPPP lol

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:59 3

5. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


You are definitely super successful when your opponents too use your services/products.gr8 job Apple.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:39 7

28. techspace (Posts: 1022; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Do you think Google's opponents never use Google services? Do you think MS's opponents never use MS products/services?

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:20 2

51. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Most companies try to avoid using competing services unless it's absolutely necessary. This guy has access to literally any and as many high end Android devices as he would like, yet he chose to use an iPhone. It's not a huge deal, but it does say a lot.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:29 4

57. techspace (Posts: 1022; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Was it absolutely necessary for Eric to use an iPhone? It was not, so apparently Google isn't one of those companies that you are talking about or they don't believe that iOS is a threat to Android...Eric claimed that Android is winning the war against Apple.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 19:33

88. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3634; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Actually, he only has access to Nexus devices and other Google products. Anything else, Samsung, HTC, etc., are made by other companies who don't just give their stuff away to any executive that wants them. Now he would definitely have access to them by paying for them, because I'm sure the man has a lot of money, but just because he's an executive at Alphabet, that doesn't mean the Android OEMS work for him. They provide the software to those OEMS, they don't own them.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:50 1

107. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3214; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


that hes a simple mided person wanting a simple phone that can do just the basic stuff if even that

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 18:43

124. Rocket (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Google gotta own apple devices bcz they make apps for ios etc remember?

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 23:05

127. techspace (Posts: 1022; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Google has a separate team of iOS developers for making those apps, they don't need Alphabet's exec to test them.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:51

108. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1469; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Apple has their own youtube channel. So they have a gmail account and they are also using Google Services.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Apple

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 13:59 28

6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


How is this news....Steve Wozniak uses Android, Windows and any other tech he believes is decent tech.... And Phonearena is going to start a flame war over an executive using a phone? Ill just grab some popcorn and see how this plays out....

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:22 9

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hey now! You better ease off on your reasoning and logic, this isn't the place for that kind of dangerous nonsense.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:24 18

19. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


SO-SORRY....SO-SORRY!!!! What I meant to say is Larry Page is a traitor and should be burned at the stake......DAMN YOU AUTOCORRECT!!!!!

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:27 3

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Damn you auto-correct indeed. Cheers buddy!

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:30 3

23. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Cheers to you to....While we are burning people Ill bring some hotdogs to roast if you'll grab some buns....

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 17:55 1

78. Scott93274 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Sounds like a good idea to me, now where can I find me some nice buns to grab? ;-)

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 18:01 3

82. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Kaley Cuoco's got a nice set maybe she'll let ya grab hers :p

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:52 2

36. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7913; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Woz hasnt worked for Apple in years. He can do whatever he wants.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 14:58 5

37. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


So, Larry can only use an iPhone after he quits working? It would be one thing if Steve Jobs used an Android phone after declaring he was going to go thermonuclear on Android and try to destroy it....Larry on the other hand made no such statements......

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:07 2

43. nctx77 (Posts: 1646; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Dude has t been with Apple since the 80's lol! Until you see Tim Cook or Jonny using an Android phone, this is news!

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:26 2

52. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3634; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So if someone works at Ford they need to own a Ford or that means something? And you do realize guys like Schmidt probably have multiple devices, he could have an iPhone to use iMessage for his contacts and friends that are iPhone users. There was an article where a bigwig at Microsoft was using an iPhone, does that mean that's all he uses? For all we know Apple mandates that employees only use iDevices.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:31 3

58. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"So if someone works at Ford they need to own a Ford?"

Yes.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 15:49 3

59. willard12 (Posts: 1515; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Eric Schmidt was on Apple's Board of Directors for years. So, I guess he's on your side. But I agree with your sentiment. Anytime one of these executives selling people one product while using another is inexcusable. The "I was testing it" excuse isn't going to fly anymore.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 16:06 1

60. tedkord (Posts: 9915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Um, no.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 19:37 1

90. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3634; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


No, they don't. I'm sure most of the higher ups do as they get them for free or at a discount. But do you think a CEO at Ford is going to be driving a Fusion or a Lincoln? I'd put my money on a Mercedes or something of the like. A man who makes millions isn't going to be driving around in a $50k car.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 21:46

100. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I have no doubts that the CEO of Ford has at least a handful of Ford vehicles. If Ford offers no luxury cars to compete with Mercedes, BMW, etc, I can see the Ford CEO owning a more expensive car from a different manufacturer in the higher price ranges because they sell to a somewhat separate market.

On the other hand, the CEO of Mercedes better NOT be driving a BMW. Same market. If the Mercedes CEO thinks his vehicles are the absolute best, then he should be driving a Mercedes Benz.

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