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The chairman of Google is an unashamed iPhone user

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:18PM EST
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It normally shouldn’t matter what smartphone a person chooses to use, but when the executive chairperson of one of the biggest tech conglomerates in the world says they use a product from the competition, well, it kind of does. In this case, we’re looking at former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, currently the executive chairman of Alphabet, the little company that’s the owner of Google. He apparently uses an iPhone 6s, Apple’s latest and greatest. He admitted his iPhone-using-ways during an interview, but still professed a little love for Samsung.

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In a fireside interview with CNBC at Startup Fest in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Schmidt did say that he was an iPhone user, but that he also owns a Galaxy S7.

“Samsung S7 is better. It has a better battery. And those of you who are iPhone users (know) I’m right,” Schmidt said. Apparently, that’s the first and only feature that came to his mind when recommending the Galaxy S7 over the iPhone. Maybe he should switch to an iPhone 6s Plus that should offer plenty of extra battery life. If not, Apple has a handy iPhone battery case that can fix any battery issues he might experience.

What’s interesting is that Schmidt did not recommend the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P over the iPhone, which are Google’s latest Nexus handsets.

Schmidt was caught taking pictures with an iPhone during a March trip to South Korea, but only know the Alphabet exec admitted to actively using it.

Of course, many could point out that Schmidt must use an iPhone just to keep a close eye on the competition. At least that’s what Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore explained his use of an iPhone in late January when he was caught tweeting from an iPhone.

Furthermore, Google’s mobile apps are available on both iPhone and Android, with iOS versions sometimes getting preferential treatment over their Android equivalents. That would be a good reason for Schmidt to use a new iPhone. Or is it because he uses the iPhone that some of Google’s apps are launched first, or updated first, on iOS?

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.