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Evleaks Revealed: Android Police's Exclusive Interview With Evan Blass, The Man Behind @evleaks

The Backstory

Unless you've been carefully monitoring your tech blog bylines for years (or are a devout and longtime Engadget / Pocketnow reader), you've probably never heard of a man named Evan Blass. This has actually been a good thing for Evan, who for over a year (with a long break during 2012) has operated the now quite-well-known @evleaks Twitter account, leaking various phones, tablets, and product names to an eager public.

As you may have guessed by the title, and that first paragraph, Evan has decided to remove the question of identity from that account, and he's decided to make that fact official on Android Police - though don't expect to see him reveal his sources or techniques anytime soon.

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Jelly Bean Coming To Verizon's Droid Xyboards Eventually, All Other Variants Will Likely Stay On ICS

So here's a new one: a carrier-branded device is going to get an Android version bump while its Wi-Fi only counterparts are stuck on an older version. This is against everything we've seen in the Android world since the dawn of time, where Wi-Fi devices normally surpass their cellular-connect brethren on a regular basis. To make the situation even more interesting, we're talking about Verizon devices here.

Here's the skinny: Motorola recently updated its upgrade page for the Verizon Xyboard twins, stating that they would each get updated to Android 4.1.

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All other versions of the Xyboard – including the Wi-Fi-only variant – will stay on 4.0.4 according to the update page.

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K-9 Mail Receives First Significant Update In 9 Months - Improved Interface, Altered Widget, Bug Fixes, And More

K-9 Mail is what you get when you take the default Android email client and make it, erm, better. It made the jump this week to version 4.4 and now sports a more holo-themed user interface, rich notifications for Android 4.1+ devices, an altered unread widget, and a whole bucket-load of nitpicky features that may or may not make your day, depending on how anal you are about how you like your email. If the Gmail app just isn't cutting it, this is a solid open source alternative that looks great on both phones and tablets.

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Friday App And Game Sales: HD Widgets, Carmageddon (Free), Redneck Revenge, Shine Runner (Free), And More

The weekend is upon us, and that means some well-deserved rest. While you're loafing about, why not get some new apps? We've got some great deals right below, so take a look.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Galaxy S4 Mini (i9190) Available On eBay Daily Deals For $499.99

Update 6/29/13: The original price for these was $539.99, but it's since been dropped to $499.99.

The Galaxy S4 Mini isn't as powerful as the original S4, its screen isn't as nice, nor is it as easy to find. That said, an unlocked version of Galaxy S4 Mini is available today-only on eBay for $499.99. It's not that much cheaper than the full-sized version, but that may not matter for people with smaller hands or tighter pockets. 5-inches can be too much phone for some users, regardless of the price.

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Today's discount applies to both the black and white versions of the device, so have at it.

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Big Android BBQ 2013 Tickets Now On Sale, Including The New [x] Package For $5,317.78

The Big Android BBQ 2013 is just a few months away at this point (October 10-12), and if you missed out on the early bird special, tickets are now officially on sale a the regular prices. Like with years past, there are a variety of packages to choose from, including an all new [x] option.

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Each package offers its own set of perks, with each one building off the last. For example, the General Admission package will get you in the door, access to the pool party, and an all-you-can-eat plate at the BBQ, but not much else. The ICS package gets all of that, plus a reserved seat at the keynote, quick entry into the event, and a bottle of the rub used on the BBQ.

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Sceptre Releases A $299 Android-Powered Soundbar That Turns Your HDTV Into A SmartTV

We've seen Android running on a lot of things lately (outside of phones and tablets, that is) – ovens, game consoles, and a lot more. With people wanting more and more out of their TV, we've also seen an influx of devices that aim to turn that boring old HDTV of yours into a "smart" TV. But Sceptre is doing something a little different – it released a soundbar that runs Android and turns your TV into something more intelligent than it currently is. It's an interesting concept, no doubt.

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Here's the basic gist for this somewhat double-duty device: it's packing dual two-inch passive 18watt speakers along with a single subwoofer and four EQ modes – music, movie, news, and games.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9500) Down To $549.99 On eBay Daily Deals

So the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is for sale now, but if you want the Samsung version with all the custom features? Well, you can get it on the cheap today. The international Galaxy S4 is on eBay Daily Deals again, and it's come down in price since last time. Now it's only $549.99 with free shipping, down from $575 last time. The Google Play version is $100 more.

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Bluestacks Announces Second Android Game Console, The GamePop Mini, "Forever Free" With $6.99 Monthly Subscription

Cross-platform specialist Bluestacks has already thrown its hat into the Android mini-console ring with GamePop, currently in the pre-order stage. Today the company announced a second option, the GamePop Mini, which will use the same subscription model as the "full-sized" console but come with free hardware, along with a 12-month contract. Specifications for the GamePop Mini have not been released, but it will be less powerful and have cosmetic variations from the standard model. Pre-orders for the GamePop Mini will begin on Monday, July 1st.

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Here's how it works: you sign up for a 12-month contract with Bluestacks' GamePop service at $6.99 per month.

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Apparent Android "Jelly Bean 4.3" ROM For the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Ported To Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505)

Rumors and hints at Google's next release of Android have been spilling out for months, but today we've got some evidence that Android 4.3 may be real and nearing completion. SamMobile got their hands on what's purported to be a pre-release build of the upcoming version of Jelly Bean (yes, it's still Jelly Bean), apparently intended for the brand-new Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, which hasn't even started shipping itself. The ROM was swiftly ported to the generic LTE version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) that currently serves as the de facto standard for US carriers.

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I'll be honest: I'm skeptical of the veracity of this ROM.

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