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Unlocked Galaxy Nexus on sale in the Google Play Store for $399

Here's a surprise: Google's suddenly returning to the Nexus One model of direct phone sales via its shiny new Google Play Store. You can go to the Play Store right now and order a brand new Galaxy Nexus (GSM/HSPA+ version) for the impressive price of $399, unlocked and SIM-free. This deal seems to only be working for the United States at the moment - reports from the UK say that they can't even view the page.

Sony Xperia S heads to Canada unlocked on April 17th

While not quite as flashy as some of the other flagship Android phones running around at the moment, the Sony Xperia S is still a drool-worthy device - and those of us in the Americas are drooling all the more because we can't have it yet. But if you happen to live above the 49th parallel, you won't have to wait much longer: Sony's bringing the Xperia S to Canada on April 17th (next Tuesday). There's a catch, though: you won't find it on any of Canada's cell phone providers, not even the previously rumored Rogers. You'll only be able to pick it up from Sony's website or an official Sony Store.

Sony Xperia S now available worldwide

Sony's new flagship has been getting a decent reception in early reviews from Europe, but if you've got a hankerin' to get your high-end smartphone on elsewhere in the world, you've been out of luck. Until now: the Xperia S is now shipping directly from Sony to retailers all over the world. For a paltry $674.99 (or its equivalent in local currency)  you too can get the stylish dual-core phone. Just add an active GSM SIM card and you're ready to go. And yes, Americans, you can get in on the action as well - Sony's one of the few phone companies that regularly releases unlocked versions of its phones in the United States.

HTC adds MyTouch 4G Slide and Evo View 4G to unlock tool

HTC won some major brownie point with the modder community when it released an official bootloader unlock tool this fall, though the selection of phones that could be unlocked was a bit small. Today the available devices expand by two, with the addition of T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide and the Flyer's mobile broadband variant, the Evo View 4G. It's still a pretty small selection against HTC's entire lineup, but the more options, the better.

MIUI on Galaxy Nexus LTE currently in the works, almost fully functional

Well that was quick. Developer DroidVicious over at RootzWiki has almost ported his ViciousMIUI ROM over from the Thunderbolt to the Galaxy Nexus LTE. Before even a day had passed, he had calls, call audio, and data all working perfectly. The only feature currently broken and acting buggy is WiFI and the softkeys. Though we'll have to wait for a WiFi fix from him directly, we can mend the softkey problem by downloading Soft Keys from the Android Market.

XPERIA ray now available in the US: $380 unlocked

We first heard about Sony Ericsson's mid-range XPERIA ray way back in June, and it looks like U.S. Android fans with an aversion to contracts can pick one up now. Online electronics megastore NewEgg has the Android smartphone available for $379.99, running on AT&T's 3G mobile bands. T-Mobile customers can get in on the action as well, but according to the product listing they'll be limited to 2G data speeds.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate 3.1 Honeycomb Update Brings a Locked Bootloader

Sadly we have some bad news for you modders that happen to own the LG G-Slate. While recent devices like the G2x, Optimus 3D and even the G-Slate itself have shipped with unlocked bootloaders and were easy to hack, root, and mod. It appears LG has shifted positions and will now start locking bootloaders, a change we are not thrilled to see that is for sure.
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