Bill Gates says he has switched to an Android smartphone, but which one?


Which smartphone platform is better? There is certainly room for debate on the matter (though such debates often devolve into the opposing sides simply hurling insults at one another) but it's fun to occasionally hear the preferences of someone a bit more visible in the public's eye than a random stranger on the internet.

And what better candidate for the job than Microsoft ex-CEO and current technology advisor Bill Gates? Now that Windows Phone/Mobile is pretty much dead in the water, even its most high-profile users need to make the switch — and Gates has now finally admitted to having done so. And his choice of platform? Well, as the title of this article clearly states, it's Android.

In the clip embedded above, as taken from a Fox News Sunday segment of all places, you can hear Gates clearly state that he has switched to an Android-powered device. And since such an admission couldn't go without a plug for his own company, he also claims he uses his phone with "a lot of Microsoft software."

And this is great fuel for the platform wars and all, but, there's one small piece of information he neglected to share — which phone he is using. After all, Android is the choice of platform for pretty much every manufacturer not named Apple, so it's fair to say there's a lot of possible options. But do we dare speculate as to which one it is?


Given the U.S. smartphone market climate, the list of possible manufacturers gets cut down to the single digits: there's LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Google, plus also maybe HTC and Sony if we're stretching it. However, the one that stands out as the most likely candidate out of this bunch is Samsung, and not just because it's the most popular one.

You may recall that the Korean giant and Microsoft have been partnering up for years: ever since the Galaxy S6, Microsoft apps have come pre-installed on Samsung's flagships, while the Galaxy S8 was even sold in a special Microsoft Edition. This sure fulfills the "Microsoft software" requirement — while we don't doubt the man's ability to go to the Play Store and manually download whatever apps he needs, this is both an easier solution for a busy man as himself, as well as one that stays loyal to Microsoft and its business decisions.

This narrows the options down to eight: the S6 and S7, plus their respective edge counterparts, the S8 and S8+, and the Note 5 and Note 8 (the Note 7 is excluded for obvious reasons, and the Active variants are a just bit too niche to include).

So let's use the method of exclusion: firstly, we wouldn't bet on the S6 or the Note 5, as they both came out in 2015 when Microsoft still had a flagship device on the market. The S8 duo and the Note 8, on the other hand, are simply way too new — unless Bill Gates secretly spent 2016 using an iPhone, we can't imagine a man as busy with his foundation would remain tethered to a platform becoming more obsolete by the day, no matter how charitable he is.

So the S7 siblings look like the last remaining options. But since you just know Bill Gates wouldn't be thrilled with the idea of using a curved-edge screen, the S7 edge is also out of the question.

So now we can say with 100 percent certainty, based on totally scientific methodology, that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates uses a Samsung Galaxy S7. You're welcome.


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63 Comments

1. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

This is interesting.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 583; Member since: May 02, 2016

conscious people use Android .. this is not interesting

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Besides little bit smoother OS and faster updates, iPhones have been left to dust in every single aspect. Not best camera. Not best screens. Not best battery. Not best features. Not best value. Android have so many great options its a no brainer for one of the richest and smartest people on earth who created an empire from 0 to use an android phone as of 2017. I respect iOS and how great it is, but its not enough to lure people to it anymore. Thankfully for Apple it has very loyal customers but even that can change slowly. My S7E runs super heavy mediocre skin and its still smooth, it has its moments and lags from time to time but very little and very rarely. I can only imagine 2017 android flagships how smooth and nice they are.

47. Alter

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

While I agree that iPhones don't have the best screens, cameras, or battery life, I think they are pretty good (at least the Plus variants) in all of those categories. The screens look nice and work well in the sunlight, cameras are very good for point and shoot scenarios which is what most people use for almost every picture (myself included), and battery life is on par with the average Android flagship. Of course they are nowhere near the best value (arguably the worst actually) and their feature set is lacking. Many people prefer the iOS platform and are invested in the Apple "ecosystem" so it would be very hard for them to move away from it. It would take a major change in software and hardware for me to consider an iPhone for myself.

4. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Intelligent people use android. It is known.

5. ibend3

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

Read this guy's username..

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I dig you, man! I don't really understand why PA keeps banning you. You just like being sarcastic, but you don't really troll or insult people on this site... Meanwhile much worse trolls who attack and. insult people randomly aren't even banned. It's shockingly funny.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Tell me about it. lol. Guilty!

19. ibend3

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

No worries, I'm not even sad, lol.. Only took me half minutes to make new account.. I just drop mic here and there, never get into a real discussion, lol.. Probably they just hate fact..

25. umaru-chan

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

You are a sad little person who despite having all the hate for phonearena can't live without it. LMAO, the irony. Only support/sympathy you'll get will be from other sad little samsung B*tches. You see, you can frankly say stuffs other samsung trolls can't say out loud because they are not only too afraid of getting banned from here but also they are afraid of losing their fake 'unbiased' fanboy status which they work very hard to create. You give them the voices to the voiceless samsung B*tches. To them you are a hero. Without you they will be lost here. So for their sake you have to keep coming back here.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Here is the one that needs to be banned.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree Even though I don't always agree with him he doesn't follow others around trolling them.

33. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yeah, was wondering what got him banned, he simply linked to facts and made funny sarcastic jokes, yet that managed to get iPhonearena immensely butthurt.

36. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And I've just seen that tedkord has been banned too... What's going on? I hope it's just a glitch, as it wouldn't be the first time such a glitch occurs on this site.

44. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

WTF!? You serious? That dude barely ever trolled and just wanted to talk tech yet he still got banned? The moderation on this site is a joke if that's for real.

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Just go and check any article where tedkord has commented, you will see the banned label next to his username. I'm shocked.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

63. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

& he is back again. PA learned what they were doing.

55. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

tedkord?! WTF??? I can see myself being banned before tedkord. I Don't always comment, but when I do, it's usually taking PA to task for poor quality writing, or for subjective editorials being (poorly) disguised as objective analysis. Dang it! See, I did it again.

21. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

So the people who refused to return the Note 7 after two recalls and took them aboard planes after they were banned endangering innocent lives.. They were intelligent? After an Oem has personally requested and recalled a device twice that is capable of blowing up, people refused to oblige and continued to hold it next to their face and give it to their kids. Yea pure intelligence. I prefer Android far above iOS but the fandroids that always try to prove they arnt "mindless controlled husks" by saying things like only smart people use Android are just insure little kids who have nothing better to do in life than insult others. More than half of my computer engineering Professors in Uni used an iPhone and these guys were PHD's. I once even ran into my Programing Professor in an Apple store buying an iPhone. I also did a side course in astronomy as an elective because I love Sci Fi stuff and astronomy is one of the hardest forms of science. I found the base unit to be harder than some higher level engineering courses. But both my Astronomy Professors were PHD's and honestly some of the smartest people I have ever met and will probably ever meet. Guess what, they both had iPhones. So you proclaiming that only smart people use Android, along with all the people who up vote you only showcases the pure insecurity fandroids have and how they have a constant need to prove how much better they are because that's all they can do. The truth is there are smart and dumb people on both sides, they are nerds and regular people on both sides. In the real word 99% of the people don't give a crap about Software updates, fragmentation, stock Android, skinned Android features, ram, custom rom etc.. These pointless arguments are just done to pass the time I guess. Also ironically Android is used by less educated people according to stats since its sold in phones ranging from 30 dollar phones to 1000, that results in far more people in the lower end of the spectrum. So that alone competely ruins your comment. But as I said in reality no one cares and there are all kinds of people everywhere.

24. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Congratulations for being so triggered that you're providing the factual counter arguments to your own mindless rants.

52. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Typical, fandroids are a one trick pony, all you guys ever do is: 1. insult Apple users and act like you lot are some form of super intelligent race. 2. When someone calls you out, none of you have any kind of worthy reply. Just completely ignore all points and attempt to showcase some form of "negative feedback" because that's all you are capable of. Just take a look at all the replies I get, they can't counter any of my points. The fact that all you can reply with is "Triggered" means you agree with everything else I said, or simply can't reply with something valid enough to counter any of my points. Which is perfectly fine by me because the irony is that it destroys all the fandroids rants too, which is exactly what I wanted to do. So thanks for agreeing with me there buddy, you just made everything the fandroids here attempt to boast about complete garbage. As for me making my own arguments invalid, well if you had more than half a brain cell to work with than maybe you'd be able to comprehend that I was referencing the pointless "pissing" competitions that happen here from both sides. They are just there to pass the time, just like I said but as usual the actual point was ignored and you went straight to a personal attack on me. Ironically the fandroids are the ones who get triggered more than anyone, I just like to ripp apart their completely groundless comments and watch them fail to counter. It's entertaining.

27. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

So you did Computer Engineering & Astronomy but still achieved only one thing & that is "TRIGGERING FANBOYS". What is the use of getting so much of education if you don't even know what is technology? Or what is innovation?. Yea if plagiarism is innovation than yes being innovative is nice. Illetrate people are even far more better than you little iSheep. Btw your comments always looks like sheep alert. And you better know how to trigger fanboys. Keep it up.!!

53. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow now this is a great example of a fandroid who thinks has decended from some advanced Division of humanity just because he uses Android. Let's see here. "So you did Computer Engineering & Astronomy but still achieved only one thing & that is TRIGGERING FANBOY'S." So let's get this straight, you are admitting that I trigger Android fanboy's? How exactly is that an insult for me? Oh so you know what my life achievements are yes? Based off of countering groundless fandroids like you, you have derived my entire life's work? In the 7 years I've been here, I have what just less than 2000 comments? That's around half a comment per day, most of the fandroids who get banned constantly have well over 10k comments on an account that's 2 months old. So yea no I'm the one with no life outside of "Triggering fanboy's" "What is the use of getting so much of education if you don't even know what is technology? Or what is innovation?." Oh really, so why don't you tell us what Technology and Innovation is? So just because you used Android you are innovating? You're personally inventing new technologies? "Yea if plagiarism is innovation than yes being innovative is nice. Illetrate people are even far more better than you little iSheep." The Gold standard of a fandroid right there, absolutely beautiful, there is so much wrong with everything you just said there that ripping it apart would only take away from the beauty of how competely ridiculous your words are. Instead let's all just stare in awe as to the words from a member of "the Superior human race, because they use Android" "Btw your comments always looks like sheep alert. And you better know how to trigger fanboys. Keep it up.!!" My comments looks like sheep alert? So visually my comments looks like a device called sheep alert, is that what you're saying member of the superior race? Also the real irony is I prefer Android so much more than iOS, I have far more Android devices than iOS. I only have a iOS device to stay in contact with my family who are on iMessage and FaceTime but according the the "Superior Human Race that uses Android" everyone on iOS is a mindless zombie husk being controlled by Apple. LOLOLOL what a joke. I fully expect a completely pointless reply. So go for it.

58. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Seems like sheep got offended & became sad after seeing his reality.

59. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL topical, the fandroid, aka member of the Superior Human race couldn't reply to any of my points and just stuck with the "Triggered" and "Sheep" comment LOLOLOL. What a joke. No yea definitely buddy you won this. 100%.

61. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol how do you even manage to talk so much of sh#t in comment section. You are just 2nd version of TechieXP rather "TechieXP 2.0". And replying to your pointless comment, I don't even get offended coz I don't even read it anymore. You are actually pro in trigerring everyone on this site.

48. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You seem to be correlating educated with degrees. You can be smart and educated and have never attended any higher school of learning. Smart people use both and since there are more users of Android, just like it is with Windows; I would think there are far more smarter people using those. Being rich or poor does play a role in what type of "paid" education you may get. But it doesn't limit the ability to be educated.

54. Zylam

Posts: 1815; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

"Smart people use both" Read my comment again, I said there's all kinds of people on both sides and you are agreeing with me here. Why don't you tell that to the dude that posted "Only Smart people use Android" You yourself are saying smart people use both, isn't that contradictory to what the fandroids here say.

32. path45th

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Intelligence means to have a 1000 dollar phone with last year's OS waiting for months to get an update.

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