Bill Gates switches to an Android phone!


Bill Gates now uses an Android phone.

The billionaire Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) founder told Fox News Sunday’s Chris

Wallace he recently switched to a mobile device that runs Google’s Android software.

The company officially killed off its Windows Phone line and software in July, due

largely to dwindling consumer interest and a lackluster app store. In the first quarter of

2017, Windows Phones’ market share was 0.1%, according to a May report from market

intelligence firm IDC.

Now, Gates has presumably put his own device aside in favor of another.

While Gates didn’t say which phone he uses, he said it has “a lot of Microsoft software.”

“So, no iPhone?” Wallace asked.

“No iPhone,” Gates said.

Apple and Microsoft have been at odds for years. Its fierce competition goes back

decades and was often showcased in TV ads, such as Apple’s famous “I’m a Mac” and

“I’m a PC” commercials. More recently, Microsoft has gone after Apple customers with

products like the Surface Studio intended for designers.

Gates said it’s “great” Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is continuing to do good work, but noted he

still uses all Windows-based PCs. In the interview, he praised late Apple founder Steve

Jobs, despite their famous rivalry.

“The relationship I had with Steve had every aspect you can imagine. Particularly in the

last few years, our friendship — which had always been there — was greatly strengthened

as he was dealing with cancer,” Gates told Wallace. “He and I had a lot in common …

Steve was a genius. Absolutely amazing.”

He also credited Jobs with helping to spur competition in the sector.

“The competition in the software and IT space that Steve helped foster, it’s phenomenal.

And Microsoft’s a big part of that. It’s been a miraculous industry that he and I got to

work in,” Gates said.

Separately, Microsoft on Tuesday announced Microsoft Office 2019 will be available in

the second half of next year. The big update will have more IT features and server

upgrades to improve usability, voice and security, according to the tech giant.