Bill Gates Switches To Android Phone, Dumps Windows Phone

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he
uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than
a Windows one.

“Recently, I actually did switch to an Android
phone,” he said, speaking on Fox News Sunday.
Microsoft’s own Windows-powered phones have
failed to make a significant impact on the
smartphone market, which is dominated by devices
running Google’s Android operating system.
However, Mr Gates said he had installed lots of
Microsoft apps on his phone.
When asked whether he also had an iPhone,
perhaps as a secondary device, he replied: “No, no iPhone.”

He did not reveal which particular smartphone he
currently uses.
Microsoft struggled to make a success of its own
mobile operating system, Windows Phone.
In 2014, the software giant paid $7.2bn (£5.5bn) for
Nokia’s handset business, but Windows-powered
phones accounted for fewer than 1% of global
smartphone sales in 2016.

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10,
can power smartphones in addition to laptops,
tablets and desktop computers. However, few
Windows 10 smartphones have been released.
In April, Microsoft started selling a customised
version of Samsung’s Galaxy 8 smartphone in its
US stores.

“Microsoft’s strategy under its current chief
executive Satya Nadella is to make Microsoft apps
and services widely available on Android and
iPhone,” said Ian Fogg, an analyst at the tech
consultancy IHS Markit.
“That’s where their customers are these days.”
The “Microsoft Edition” phone comes with the firm’s
apps such as Office, Outlook email and its voice
assistant Cortana included.

“It used to be putting the Windows operating
system on everyone’s phone was a priority, but
now it’s about selling services such as Office and
Outlook email,” said Mr Fogg.
“To do that, you have to make those services
available on every device.” 

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