03
Aug
leak stopped

Update: In a timely interview with The Next Web, Blass stated that his reasons for ending his current work were mostly financial. He said that his attempts to monetize his Twitter stream, and later his website, were not successful enough to be sustainable. You can read the entire interview at The Next Web.

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If you've done much reading on Android Police, or any other gadget-focused website in the last two years, you've heard of @evleaks. That's the professional handle of former Engadget and PocketNow editor Evan Blass, who revealed his identity right here on Android Police just over a year ago. According to his latest tweet, Blass plans to end his run as the most prolific phone and gadget leaker on the Internet.

Blass has been a very private individual since leaving the more typical avenues of tech reporting, even after revealing his identity, and has not given a reason for deciding to end his current position. In recent months he accepted sponsored posts and began his own advertising-sponsored website, evleaks.at. The fate of that venture isn't known, but the implication is that it will also be disappearing. Blass has publicly mentioned personal health issues on several occasions, and we'll say no more than that on the subject.

Blass's leaks spanned everything from vague rumors in text to (much more often) full-blown press renders of nearly every major Android phone release in the last two years. While he specialized in American carrier releases, he has covered hardware from nearly every major vendor on a variety of platforms all over the world. At this point there are over 150 articles directly or indirectly citing @evleaks on Android Police alone.

@evleaks had a spectacular run on Twitter, and his work will be missed by us, our contemporaries, and technology fans across the Internet. We wish Mr. Blass well in any future endeavors.

Source: @evleaks on Twitter

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • WestFiasco

    A good run, well done.

  • deadsix

    Sad to see him go, hope he recovers from whatever is ailing him.

    • Mobile_Dom

      As horrible as this is going to sound, and i dont mean it too.

      I highly doubt that recovery is an option

      • hey

        I laughed, I'm sorry.

      • hp420

        Aaahhhhhh....I see what you did there!

      • Elliot Kotis

        Maybe a stock image?

    • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

      don't think so, multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease and you can't really recover from it.

      • Randroid

        I know many people with MS who live normal lives. Some people think that epilepsy is a "disease" that you can't recover from, but 29 years later I still thrive. (I put disease in quotes because it's not really a disease)

        • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

          yes, I'm fully aware of that. I was just pointing out that you can't recover from MS, i.e. you can't really undo the damage, you can just control it with medications.

        • William

          You can not recover from MS, Its a degenerate disease. You can slow/stop the degeneration through current medication, but there is no way to currently recover from it, much less a cure.

          • renden

            I think you mean degenerative disease. ;-)

          • William

            Edited.

  • CerealFTW

    I thought he wouldn't be able to resist leaking information why he left, in true evleaks fashion

  • Kim Tyson

    Might limit some AP stories. So many times we would see evleaks credit. Guess you AP folks will need to work even harder now. Best wishes to Mr. Blass.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Of all the exclusive things from Google AP has been leaking recently I don't remember seeing Evleaks as such an important reference. I don't think AP will have that much more trouble in that department =)

      • derp hurr-durr

        *sigh*

        Credit != Exclusive...

    • Johnny Bravo

      I think evleaks is just a reliable source, im sure they got got tips about the same thing before evleaks but just werent sure about its crediblity

  • Cesar

    Mr. Blass will be missed.

  • luqman_98

    Goodbye evleaks :(
    You're the greatest tech leaker ever.... hope to see you come back in near future.

    #SaluteEvleaks

  • ashutos jain

    Get well soon Evan and we hope u will return someday :(

  • Deeco

    I bet he got sued, somewhere somehow.

    • Justcallmetim

      Indeed, i see things at TSMC that you would cream your pabts over. Its not worth my job just to give a hack 5 minutes of fame.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Good. The world will be a better place without a douche that attacks people's family on the Internet.

    • lljktechnogeek

      Is there context for this that I'm missing?

      • Anthony Tyson

        Everyone argues on the Internet. It's inevitable. But evleaks would go out of his way to bash a person's personal life during a "discusion". He started talking shit about a man's son one time. And talked shit about anothers wife at one point.

        • Emile’sGhost

          Ooh, anecdotal evidence. My favorite.

          • PiLoT .
          • Emile’sGhost

            A cut and paste of two comments, with no frame of reference of what came before or after? Okay.

          • PiLoT .

            well tha arguement was about an AP article and sewell says he doesnt like the site. it escalates. then Evan gets personal.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Go find the insults towards Chris Sewell under David Ruddock's G+ post
            You'll be amazed

          • Emile’sGhost

            Not my job. Anyone who posts something without anything other than anecdotal evidence should be the one to post that info. But I know, much easier to stir shit than defend a position.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            You really like riding the evleaks dick,don't you?

          • Emile’sGhost

            So, asking for evidence is riding the dick? Are you 12?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            You are mindlessly defending a person whose behavior is inappropriate as if he was some kind of a god

            Still don't believe that?
            https://plus.google.com/113781386215450614303/posts/Nudd4CzkCEy

            Sadly evleaks deleted all his posts in that thread, and ran away in shame. Scroll down and you'll see for yourself

          • Emile’sGhost

            Unlike you simpletons, I'm mature and intelligent enough to separate what's done from what he's said. You defend Sewell who is equally as guilty of the same behavior, regarding AP and its writers. Guess you conveniently forgot that.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            >Unlike you simpletons
            Oh, look, another kid is posing as an elitist on the internet

          • DK

            You never asked. You're just being a dick. Even when others provide more on the topic you say its not your job to look into it further on your own.? You're a real moron.

          • Tylar Overturf

            Here's more: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107824695720564725127/posts/Kf3wztgZpHv

            He also deletes all these tweets after so no one sees them like a coward.

          • TylerChappell

            wow, what a total douchebag. Hard to not be glad he's dying.

          • EowynCarter

            I fond the thought of wanting someone dead for this kind of tweets WAY more disturbing than the tweets themselves.

          • WitchKing01

            He deserves it.

          • EowynCarter

            Luckily, being a jerk isn't a death worthy case. Or there wouldn't be much people left.

          • Emile’sGhost

            That's funny.

          • Will S.

            On his website, he regularly edits peoples comments to something rude, most of them were trolling of course , but I think he edited some comments of people who disagree with him, I remember him doing it to Fatal1ty's comments...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            On multiple occasions even

        • Barrett Jasper

          I'm sure it was provoked. Not that that makes it OK but we're missing a lot of info here. A pull quote might back your comment a bit.

        • ChangWizzle

          Yup, I remember those.

    • Anonymous

      You shouldn't directly relate his cynical behavior with his career of leaking. This causes unnecessary emotional distress within individuals. Disregard and move on.

      • AnotherAnon

        His basemodel leaks weren't that great anyway.

    • vzwuser76

      So he hurts someone's feelings, and for that he deserves to die. It's people like you and the ones below in agreement with you why there are times I believe the world needs a big reset button. I've got into heated arguments, and been told WAY worse than what he said to those people. And I've never wished death on any of them. Was he being an ass? Sure, but being an ass doesn't mean they deserve to die. If it did, there'd be about 1000 left on this planet.

      • Anthony Tyson

        And I feel that way because of people like you that think everyone deserves to live.

        • vzwuser76

          I don't feel everyone deserves to live, but apparently you and I have different thresholds for wishing someone dead. You feel if someone attacks someone with words they deserve it. I've only wished death on two people in my lifetime, the guy that shot and killed my brother, and the guy that raped my niece. But you're probably right, that's the same thing.

  • master94

    Nooo, my leaks. I need them. Good luck @evleaks in life

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Oh no! Who is gonna tell us about the death of Nexus line now!?

    • PiLoT .

      oh get our hopes up for a GPE s5?

    • Chris

      My thought exactly.

  • abobobilly

    Wait, was that a "JOB"? I thought he was doing all that just for fun :S

  • titoone

    Sad day, good luck with everything Evan. Hope success for you in all your future endeavors.

  • KapteinStein

    I hope someone picks up the torch! #iLoveLeaks!

  • neo905

    Speaking of editors. It's Blass' leaks not Blass's leaked.

    • crookedview

      Actually, no.

      • Wyatt Neal

        I'm glad someone caught that; I was thoroughly confused. /noshitsgivenforeither :-D

      • neo905

        It is leaks not leaked. Look at the sentence again. Second, check out the second paragraph of this article.

        http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=11303153

        It says "Wiggins' name is at the...."

        Not

        "Wiggins's name is at the...."

        • crookedview

          You linked an ESPN article for grammatical merit? Now I know you're trolling.

  • Will S.

    Get well soon Evan, and thanks for you're mostly accurate service!

  • Jerry Rich

    Oh no! Now we're gonna have to ask the Magic 8 Ball.

  • Riko Gonzalez

    Just a few months back he opened his website, and started making profit from featured tweets,this comes out of nowhere....no sense at all...

  • Brian Lippman

    If not health issues, of which I know nothing about his so it might be the case, the next most likely scenario is he got hired somewhere, either another tech site or an electronic manufacturer.

    • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

      He's sick, period

  • Guest

    I might have a reason why is he retiring... because leaks from top companies are becoming like this:

  • Jason

    Who cares?

    • name

      you coz u are here nad add ur comment...

      • Jordan

        Was that even English?

  • Karan O

    noooooooooooooo ! we need you evleaks ! nobody did it better than him ! i could have enjoyed a early reports and pics of my favorite phones ! who is gonna take his crown ?!

  • Serge Cebrian

    at least he wont fight William shatner any more

  • Captain Spaulding
  • m477

    Good.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    There are enough new devices released each month to keep my news reader busy. I'n okay with just waiting for an official press release.

  • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze
  • Flux

    Good. Everything recently leaked has been false, or not completely accurate.

  • Fer

    This is really sad, no more Windows phone leaks for a while, I feel sad for the guy, but I'm not going to stop using ad-block

  • vzwuser76

    WTF is wrong with you? What's next on your agenda? Beating some cancer patients? Drowning some kids with muscular dystrophy? I mean FFS.

  • black

    I didn't know profit played a role in this. I always though he was just being a badass.

  • eg

    OMG! A guy who leaked info about phones is no longer going to do it! The end of the world!

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    The people he gets his info from don't work there anymore.
    /s

    But really, why does one "retire" from this and not just "stop doing it"?

    • http://retardedgeniuscomics.tumblr.com najodleglejszy

      because drama.

  • Josh Rahn

    I remember seeing a radioshack ad in my local flyer that had a picture of a phone with @EVLEAKS watermark on it. ^_^

  • frhow

    Because his name is synonmous with any new smartphone release or speculation. He is doing this for his fans. We need someone else as he was the best at early release leaks.

  • lartomar2002

    Hopefully Mr Blass will pass on the secrets of how he collected his information to someone else.

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