The executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has admitted in public to using an iPhone, despite having been in charge of Google when it launched its Android operating system.
Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google for ten years, told a gathering of tech industry big hitters at Startup Europe in Amsterdam that he used Apple’s handset. However, he also said he used one of Samsung’s Galaxy devices as well.
“The Samsung is better, has a better battery. Are we clear? And to those of you who are iPhone users, I’m right!”
This isn’t the first Schmidt has been caught publicly using the competition. In 2014 he was snapped with a BlackBerry in hand, saying afterwards that he liked the old–school handset’s physical keyboard.
Schmidt was sharing a stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook when he made the revelation. Cook did not respond to Schmidt’s claims about the Samsung’s battery. Neither did he remark on why Schmidt wasn’t using a Google–backed Nexus handset.