Alphabet/Google Chairman Eric Schmidt Admits Being An iPhone User

Much to the distain of many smartphone manufacturers around the world, it’s not unusual for celebrities and people in positions of power to be caught using one smartphone over another when they’ve been paid to endorse a particular brand, or even worse, when they are the executive chairman of a company that actually produces a rival platform. As an example, many people would expect Alphabet/Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to use an Android-powered device given his position of authority within the company that actually builds the Android OS, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

After initially being caught snapping photographs with an iPhone 6s on a recent trip to South Korea, the former Google CEO has now finally admitted to being an iPhone user as part of a “fireside chat” with CNBC.


The admission probably won’t come as shock given the fact that the Alphabet Chairman was actually caught red handed using his iPhone back in March. What is interesting is the Schmidt has not only admitted to being an iPhone 6s user, but that he also carries a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone with him, which of course runs his company’s Android platform.

As part of the intimate fireside chat during Startup Fest in Amsterdam, Schmidt didn’t pull any punches about which device he actually prefers:

Samsung S7 is better. It has a better battery. And those of you who are iPhone users (know) I’m right.

It shouldn’t really come as any great surprise that the Executive Chairman of Alphabet – which is the parent company that keeps a watchful eye over Google – is publicly going on record to declare his admiration for Samsung, Android and the Galaxy S7. After all, not only does his company actually have responsibility for developing and progressing the Android OS, but Samsung is actually one of the world’s largest producers of smartphones and tablets that actually run and champion the Android operating system on a global scale.

With that said, it really doesn’t matter who you are or what your professional position is, if you have a personal preference for one device or platform over another, then you are simply going to use that device as part of your daily routine. Given the fact that Google releases most of its productivity apps onto the iOS platform, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that employees of the company may actually choose iOS over Android.

(Source: CNBC, Top image: Eric Schmidt caught using an iPhone )

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