Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt caught using an Apple iPhone

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



1. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

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

17. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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!

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

38. Unordinary unregistered

"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.

42. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 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.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

91. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

103. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Eric Schmidt doesn't agree with you

64. Raito

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 15, 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,

81. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

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

92. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

114. Raito

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 15, 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,

120. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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: Once they're there, would proudly grab my first Windows SmartPhone. Posted from my Surface Pro.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

41. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

128. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

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

66. remotespeed

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

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

123. Rocket

Posts: 658; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

68. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

69. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

71. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

112. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

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

105. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

2. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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

8. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

70. Unordinary unregistered

You need money to start a thermonuke war :P

73. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

76. Unordinary unregistered

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

77. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

11. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

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