For all those who have been following rumours and leaks for some time must be familiar with @evleaks, a Twitter account that has regularly provided you information about forthcoming smartphones. Well, Evan Blass — the man behind @evleaks, has formally announced retirement from smartphone leaks business.
Evan Blass, previously worked as a writer for tech blog Engadget, shot to fame with his @evleaks Twitter handle, which provided information about future gadgets from all major tech companies including Nokia, LG and Motorola. Blass revealed his identity last October in an interview with Android Police.
“All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT],” says Blass in a tweet.
The Next Web managed to get an interview with Blass who explained reasons behind his 'unprecedented retirement..
“These matters are always somewhat complicated, but like many things, it mostly comes down to money. Trying to monetize a stream of Twitter leaks is not easy. First I tried monthly sponsorships. Then weekly. Then single sponsored tweets. I took donations — felt like online panhandling,” he told TNW.
When asked about possibilities to change the decision, he responded: “Almost certainly not. This is not a pack-your-bags-and-move-down-to-Florida retirement. I plan to start another career now, for reasons stated above. Hopefully one with some matching 401k action.” Read Evan Blass' full interview here.
Evleaks' departure is likely to sadden leaks and rumours enthusiasts who had no patience to wait for the formal launch. But looking at the positive side, it will help bring back the element of surprise in the smartphone industry. Companies such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG have of late struggled to create enough buzz for their flagships, mainly because of multiple leaks and rumours that leave nothing for our imagination. Read: The element of surprise is dead. Blame the rumour mill for that
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