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Do you use SMS to schedule appointments via Google Calendar? Do you still sync your Nokia Symbia-based smartphone with Google Calendar? Do you use Smart Rescheduler from Google Labs? If you do, you might want to start looking elsewhere to fulfill your calendaring and syncing needs. Google is shutting down several services this wintertime, in an effort to ensure they can focus on services that matter more to users.

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A few years ago Nokia decided to go with Microsoft (exclusively) and ignore Google, when realizing that its aging Symbian OS will not be resurrected in time to adapt to the smartphone revolution started by the iPhone and the first Android smartphones. But is there still a possibility left for Nokia to consider making Android smartphones and tablets as well? A new job posting seems to say so.

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You’ve got to hand it to Symbian. It held the top smartphone spot for quite some time until Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android eventually toppled the platform in terms of user base. I had been a big fan of Symbian since its early EPOC days, and I’ve had my share of Symbian-powered smartphones from the Symbian-powered Nokia communicator series to a 2008 E-series, which was my last Symbian device.

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Vertu, the British manufacturer of luxury phones, is well known for its extravagant creations, which will set you back between £3500 and £200,000, depending on how exclusive are your tastes. Up until now, the handsets ran Nokia’s ill-fated Symbian operating system, but according to TechCrunch, the stars are lined up for an Android-powered Vertu device.

Notice how the ICS statue is creeping on poor JB, preparing its cowardly attack.

Aside from supplying news outlets around the world with juicy rumors on all things tech, DigiTimes also has its own team of analysts that provide forecasts on which mobile platform will dominate and which will falter. What does DigiTimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin have to say about the impact of Apple iPhone 5, which will go for sale in September, to the smartphone market in the second half of 2012?