Google is reportedly preparing to release the next major build of its Android OS at some point in April, and ViewSonic will be among the first cell phone makers to release an Android 2.4-powered device, a new report claims. According to gadget blog Pocket-lint, Google’s next major Android release for smartphones is due to launch in roughly two months and ViewSonic’s ViewPad 4 will be among the first devices to ship with the new build when it is released in April. The blog claims to have a source inside ViewSonic who confirms that version 2.4 of Google’s mobile OS, which will not be called “Ice Cream” according to the report, will feature the ability to run Honeycomb apps on smartphones. Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS will initially create a divide between smartphones and tablets. Android 2.4 will apparently mark the beginning of a process that will merge the smartphone and tablet operating systems, at least where apps are concerned.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.