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Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt Caught Using iPhone [Photos]

Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt Caught Using iPhone [Photos]

Posted March 11, 2016 at 4:25pm by iClarified
Former Google Chairman, now Alphabet Chairman, Eric Schmidt was 'caught' taking photos with an iPhone by Osen.

Schmidt was in Seoul, South Korea for a matchup between Google's DeepMind AlphaGo and Go champion Lee Sedol. Notably, AlphaGo beat Sedol twice.

Here's how Google describes the game:

The game of Go originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. The rules of the game are simple: Players take turns to place black or white stones on a board, trying to capture the opponent's stones or surround empty space to make points of territory. As simple as the rules are, Go is a game of profound complexity. There are more possible positions in Go than there are atoms in the universe. That makes Go a googol times more complex than chess. Go is played primarily through intuition and feel, and because of its beauty, subtlety and intellectual depth it has captured the human imagination for centuries. AlphaGo is the first computer program to ever beat a professional, human player.

At a press conference for the event, Schmidt was spotted taking pictures with an iPhone 6 or 6s. In the photos below you can clearly see AirDrop as Schmidt goes to share the photo.

It's a little surprising that Schmidt would be using an iPhone as the company has it's Nexus smartphones and many Android hardware partners; however, Google does make numerous apps and services that are used by iPhone users across the globe.

Do you think it's okay for someone in Schmidt's position to be using the iPhone or should he be using an Android device? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt Caught Using iPhone [Photos]

Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt Caught Using iPhone [Photos]
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O - March 13, 2016 at 11:48pm
It's not that simple, people.. If Google (Android) & Apple weren't at war marketing & advertising-wise I'd say it doesn't matter but since they seem to be draggin each-other down at every opportunity they get, getting caught using an iPhone is rather stupid. Besides the "war game", If I have a meaningful position at Maserati & drive a ´rari what message am I sending to people seeing me in it? Basically "go buy the other guys' cars, mine aren't worth it" - And wether you like it or not this isn't smart, unless this guy doesn't give a single F about his job, which I doubt since he is the Chairman Exec. Of Alphabet, the new holding that... Well, holds google. Thus Android.
Great - March 13, 2016 at 11:28pm
Look, he knows that if he accidentally loses his iPhone, the FBI won't be able to backdoor it.
clown - March 13, 2016 at 3:37pm
I suppose he might have a apple or apple juice for breakfast wooopydoo
paul MOGG
paul MOGG - March 13, 2016 at 1:38am
of course its ok for him to use iPhone why not should be the question
JohnieBravo - March 12, 2016 at 3:49pm
If you are a car sales man who works for Toyota but owns Nissan, who fking cares.
RickvanR - March 12, 2016 at 4:09pm
If it was my Dealership, you'd be fired.....
RickvanR - March 13, 2016 at 3:50pm
You're right, never did for someone else, that is...
RickvanR - March 12, 2016 at 3:17pm
No excuse whatsoever for the Chairman (the image of the company) to be using the competition's products in public, none. To have them as well is to be expected to be able to judge the competition, no problem there. I would fire him if I could. You must be seen to have the passion of your own products.
J4G6 - March 12, 2016 at 3:10pm
Freedom of choice right? But how does that look in the eyes of his subordinates? No trust in his own products? I certainly would think so.
Nnnnnnd - March 12, 2016 at 1:09am
Seriously who cares.. Samsung Chairman, Kun-Hee Lee, owns more than 20 supercars from variety makers even though Samsung makes cars in Korea.
Ken - March 12, 2016 at 2:33am
Samsung makes rebadged cars and none of them are supercars.
Nnnnnnd - March 12, 2016 at 6:28am
Doesnt change the fact that he uses other company's car when his company has one. Also lately Samsung started making their own cars instead of rebadging Japanese brand. Still drives bugatti for his daily car
matrixXx - March 12, 2016 at 6:28am
Exactly! Like Google does phones :-P
AverageReviewer - March 12, 2016 at 12:26am
For those of you saying it doesn't matter how would it look for a BMW executive or even CEO to drive a tesla? Or for Tim Cook to use a Nexus or Galaxy S7 edge?
Butterspider - March 12, 2016 at 3:21am
So you are saying apple farmers can only eat apples? Like that is even close in comparison. That is a ridiculous statement!
Slim Crew
Slim Crew - March 12, 2016 at 3:50am
What he mean is, "If you work for an Orange farm and they are profitable, who care if you eat an Apple or prefer an Apple over orange" IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ON WHAT SOMEONE PREFERS OR WANT TO BUY. Get it now... slick?
Nnnnnd - March 12, 2016 at 8:14am
I have no idea why people keep arguing about this. Its his phone. I meant billionaire's phone. He can buy a new phone every single day without changing any digits on his bank statement. Ohhhmyygoddddd Google chairman is using other company's phone!! Does it help with his company's marketing?? No... Does he care?? No... Should we care?? NO
TechnoGeek - March 12, 2016 at 8:33pm
Hey Nnnnnd nuts, If you don't care, why comment? lol
Nnnnd - March 12, 2016 at 9:36pm
Because I felt pity on ppl arguing over this
Great - March 11, 2016 at 11:29pm
What? You think he arrived in a Google car? And he wears android watches exclusively?
Ken - March 12, 2016 at 2:36am
Well if he also wears an Apple Watch that would look even more damning than him just using an iPhone; 100s of Android devices and you're telling me him using an iPhone is no big deal?
TechnoGeek - March 11, 2016 at 7:33pm
If Google was really suffering, this would matter more.. They make billions, who cares.
Tinman - March 11, 2016 at 7:23pm
Are you saying it's not even close because Gates was not involved with Windows and just Microsoft? Now that makes absolutely no sense.
James P
James P - March 11, 2016 at 7:02pm
He knows what's better ;)
King Rollo
King Rollo - March 11, 2016 at 8:48pm
Agreed lol
Hosser - March 11, 2016 at 6:40pm
The man obviously has good taste XD
Ynona - March 11, 2016 at 5:56pm
Freedom of Choice. He's paid to do a job, that's it!
King Rollo
King Rollo - March 11, 2016 at 8:50pm
So he as the top guy of his corporation doesn't even use his own products?! Like Henry Ford driving a GM!
AverageReviewer - March 12, 2016 at 12:24am
How would it look of Tim Cook or Johnny I've used the new Galaxy S7 edge?
Same2 - March 11, 2016 at 4:57pm
It's quite open at Google that most employees use iPhones with Android devices. Google is still making lots of cash through iPhones anyway.
AverageReviewer - March 11, 2016 at 4:46pm
I would terminate him immediately, he should be using an android device.
Butterspider - March 11, 2016 at 4:49pm
Yeah. Even if only for the media storm this will cause in bad press.
Butterspider - March 11, 2016 at 4:43pm
Lolz! That should be grounds for termination !
Sorkin - March 11, 2016 at 4:42pm
That carpet looks dirty. Oh? Some old guy uses an iPhone ? That's news?
Butterspider - March 11, 2016 at 4:45pm
The that has been chairman on two google/android corporate boards using the competition's product is not news?!? Really?!
f63e7d7 - March 11, 2016 at 4:54pm
u don't get it do u???? is like Bill Gates using an iPad instead of using one of his own Windows tablet!!! is funny how even high level ppl in Google-Android prefer Apple then their own!!!!
Ynona - March 11, 2016 at 5:57pm
Not the same or even close. Gates was Microsoft.
IP Daily
IP Daily - March 11, 2016 at 6:23pm
I hope your kidding. Microsoft created Windows.
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