Bill Gates has finally switched to an Android phone

At last, Bill Gates has joined us in the present. The Microsoft co-founder announced in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he's now using an Android phone. 

The move was probably inevitable. Windows on mobile has effectively been a dead platform ever since Microsoft gutted its phone division two years ago. While Windows 10 technically works on phones, there's been pretty much zero support from hardware makers and app developers outside of Microsoft.

Gates told Fox that the phone he uses is an "Android phone with a lot of Microsoft software." This could suggest that he's using the Microsoft Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S8, or perhaps he's just downloaded Microsoft's lineup of apps, available across Android systems.

Gates also noted, with a noncommittal laugh, that he's still forgoing the iPhone. This choice, while unsurprising, shouldn't be seen as a jab at Steve Jobs, Gates emphasized. 

"Steve was a genius. Absolutely amazing," Gates carefully told Fox of the Apple co-founder. "The competition in the software and IT space that Steve helped foster, it's phenomenal." 

Although Microsoft apps run on Macs, iPhones, and iPads, Microsoft and Apple have always been more rivals than allies. Microsoft is opening a flagship store just down the block from Apple's London hub, and it continues to challenge Apple in hardware and design.

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When Breath Becomes Air 

Gates' review: "I’m usually not one for tear-jerkers about death and dying—I didn’t love The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie. But this book definitely earned my admiration—and tears." 

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I Contain Multitudes 

Gates' review: "In the end, I Contain Multitudes is a healthy corrective. Yong succeeds in his intention to give us a “grander view of life” and does so without falling prey to grand, unifying explanations that are far too simplistic."

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The Heart 

Gates' review: "When Melinda recommended the book to me, she said, “It’s different from most of the books you read.” And that’s true—but part of the reason for that is that it’s different from most books."

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow 

Gates' review: "Harari’s new book is as challenging and readable as Sapiens. Rather than looking back, as Sapiens does, it looks to the future. I don’t agree with everything the author has to say, but he has written a thoughtful look at what may be in store for humanity."

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Gates' review: "Through deeply personal stories like these, Hillbilly Elegy sheds light our nation’s vast cultural divide—a topic that has become far more relevant than Vance ever dreamed when he was writing this book." 

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Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood 

Gates' review: "In fact, Noah’s mother emerges as the real hero of the book. [...] If my mother had one goal, it was to free my mind,” he writes. Like many fans of Noah’s, I am thankful she did."

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A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety 

Gates' review: "A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low. It is true that President Carter made unforced errors during his time in office. But when you read this book and have a chance to meet him in person, you can’t help but conclude that Carter is a brave, thoughtful, disciplined leader who understands the world at a remarkable level and who has improved the lives of billions of people through his advocacy for human rights and global health."

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