Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2012

by XB on 1st January 2013

in Featured Content

The start of the new year also brings with it our second anniversary – is two years old today! However, those who have been with us for a while, know that our team has been around since the start of the Sony Xperia Android journey. We originally started writing at on 8 November 2009, prior to the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We eagerly await what 2013 brings for Sony Xperia fans, we have a feeling that a special year is in store for us.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for popping by to visit us, leaving comments and sending us tips. We are hugely appreciative of the special Sony Xperia community that exists – not just here, but elsewhere too. We are constantly learning and striving to keep you all abreast with the key events in the Sony Xperia space. As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions on the site please contact us using this link or via the forums. Click through for some interesting readership stats.

2012 Xperia Blog readership statistics

We wanted to share a few statistics with our readers, after all it is you guys that make this site what it is. In 2012 had 11.9 million pageviews and 3.0 million unique visitors, not bad for a niche Android blog.

Top countries by readership

Breaking down our readership by country, most visitors now come from India (9%), overtaking the UK at 7%. Readers from the United States are third at 5%. Around 10% of our visitors come from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Other countries in the top 15 including the large European states, and other Asian regions such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. It’s great to see such a diverse interest in Sony Xperia news.

Xperia Blog 2012 Readership Stats

Readership by Mobile Devices

Around 9% of our visits come from mobile devices. It is perhaps no surprise to see, Android devices dominating visits at 65%. It is interesting to note that this is down from 83% last year – so there seems to be a broader interest from other platforms. Just under 30% of visits come from Apple iOS devices. We also have a small minority visiting from Symbian and Windows Phone devices.

Xperia Blog 2012 Readership Stats

Readership by Browser

Chrome is still the most popular browser to read our website. Around 46% of you use Chrome (up from 31% last year). Firefox is the second most popular browser at 26%, with Internet Explorer rounding out the top three with 11% share.

Xperia Blog 2012 Readership Stats

Most read stories in 2012 (by number of Pageviews)

The following posts were the most read during 2012. It’s interesting to see how the most popular posts related to firmware update news/reviews/guides. Our Link2SD guide also proved very popular during 2012, despite being written the year before. It shows how many of those running handsets from 2011 battled with internal memory restrictions.

1. Install Official Android 4.0 ICS update to your Xperia arc [Guide]

2. Link2SD guide – never worry about internal memory limits again

3. Xperia arc and Xperia neo Android 4.0 ICS updates start rolling out

4. Xperia S Android 4.0.4 ICS firmware (6.1.A.0.452) review

5. Xperia S users – download ICS now; FTF file now available

6. Xperia Android 4.0 ICS update – first impressions

7. Official: 2011 Sony Xperia handsets will NOT get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

8. Android 4.0.4 Xperia update brings LED notification issues

9. Root for Android 4.0 ICS Xperia update now available [Guide]

10. New ICS firmware (4.1.B.0.587) certified for six 2011 Xperia phones

Social Media

For us it is important that you can access our content by whichever means suits you. As things stand you can subscribe to our feeds on RSS or via email (sign up in the box on the sidebar). We also have feeds of all the major social media players. As a measure of posterity, we include our follower counts below as at 31st December 2012.

Facebook page likes: 8,338
Google+ page circles: 4,349
Twitter follower count: 12,310

If you have access to Google Currents, you can also download the Xperia Blog edition here.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Xperia Blog, i know Brazil is very under the top 15 country viewers, but you have any solid info about it? Number of viewers, %?

    Anyway, it was an amazing year. Keep it like that. Let 2013 be a even better year :)

  • happy 2 years! X10 was my first smartphone ever :)

  • John-Mark Christmas

    X10 was also my first. I still have it, but, I also have the Xperia SL now.

  • Mark phillips

    Oh what a surprise i am from India and recently see too many Sony handsets after Samsung and i started following you since April this year when i got xperia s and i an glad that i got to know you.

  • Leon

    iOS users browsing android blog ^^

  • I´m from Portugal and every single day i came here.
    Congratulations and i´d love to see a app to android from your blog, with all the news :D

  • Comment of the year would be awesome too

  • thiru

    Great xperia blog. And thanks.

  • AsadMulla

    India. I thought UK would be way ahead. My parents are from India but I am a born and bread Londoner.

  • It was also my first! It’s with my mom now as her alternative to her iPhone 4S.

    And now I am rocking with my Xperia Acro S! Water resistant babeh!

  • XB is my fave blog to know all information about Xperia, since my X10 and now XS. Thanks Xperia Blog. Keep up-to-date and make us the first who know any update of Xperia device.

  • ShinOrochiX

    My first ever smartphone was X10 mini pro :-D

  • Trafalgar

    I hope xperiablog would have a CONTEST for their second anniversary. A PHONE, perhaps, for a PRIZE? *wink**wink*

  • TrixzD

    My first Android phone was the x10 mini followed by in order Xperia Play, Xperia Arc S and now the Xperia Go which even though the specs are not the best i still love so much (No lag at all for me. My arc S lagged like hell on ICS so the Go is a welcome change to me). So apart from my Nexus 7 my Android life has been Xperia all the way :D

  • scorpio

    im color blind:|

  • shubhs108

    Same bro although I’m from Oxford

  • powerofviva

    congratulations :)


  • XperiaBlog

    We always toy with the idea of doing an app, but not sure how many people would bother downloading a dedicated app? However, it has been up for consideration for a while…

  • XperiaBlog

    It has been a while since we’ve done a competition – we’ll have to change that. Keep your eyes peeled.

  • XperiaBlog

    We have lots of visits from Brazil around 2% of our readership (number 21 on the list!)

  • XperiaBlog

    That would be a good idea! Not sure if Disqus has these kind of analytics though. Will have to check the back-end.

  • AsadMulla

    Most likes maybe

  • AsadMulla

    this blog has got plenty of dedicated followers so its worth it regardless of the amount of downloads. Its the Quality not Quantity and this blog got that

  • Cp2020

    Happy Birthday and New Year. The only true xperia fan site, this is the first place i come to for xperia news and You are pretty much always first who’s got the news when there are any. Looking at Sony…I personally think that You’re going to have plenty more to report this year as despite alot of criticism Sony is definately learning and progressing. They are moving forward and slowly catching up with ruthless competition. There’s often loads of negativity in comments but most of us really do realise it is unbelievably hard to play against obvious competitors yet i think they are trying to constantly innovate and keep as many happy as it is reasonably possible, both casual customers and true mobile geeks. Then there’s this uniqueness and quality that Sony really stands out with. They not perfect but no brand is but i got this feeling that Sony mobile is going to be even bigger player from now on. Long live the Blog and keep up the good work. All the best from UK

  • blitz_arc

    Yeah, Malaysia top 4! unbelievable.. hoho

  • naru

    Make a app!! And I also visit Xperiablog daily! :) im using an xperia arc s btw

  • saif

    india on top really surprised me.i didnt knew that the is so much love for xperia in u better release phones fast in india.they have not even launched t/tx or v untill now.

    Source: i am an indian

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Nice! Thanks for the info.

  • jag

    Happy Anniv and Happy New Year Xperiablog and to the readers!! ^^

    thanks xperiablog for the news and updates! i always go here almost every time to check for your blogs. keep it up!

  • Aaron

    They have learnt from their mistake and are looking to move to the better land.

  • Jan

    Well, I’m one of few Polish constant readers. I very like this blog, i would not know what to do if you were not blogging here :) If there’s app in your mind there must be fully working comment section with it to be better :) article and picture is the base :) reffering to others “my first was X10″… Also X10 was mine first fully touchable “heaven phone” for some time :) but previous i also had some “smart” phone and it was Nokia 6680 which was used to be called smart. About SE i had T68 and K300 W850 W995 then X10 :)

    Thank Xperia Blog for being there since “X10 Blog” :) usually punctual with news and they advice to “take this rumor with pinch of salt” :) Love from Poland
    BR, Jan

    PS. Polska czeka na internet LTE ! ;)

  • Biji

    Congratulation ! you are doing an excellent and professorial work ! keep it up !

  • BiJi

    professorial = professional :)

  • OMG there is no my country, Cambodia! But that’s okay. I would like to say thanks with you guys on your birthday and please bring us this way again I love what you deliver to us an information about Xperia device. Honestly, I always check out your site every time when my chrome is open. Big fan of Sony and big fan of yours! Greeting from Cambodia

  • You became my n°1 Xperia information feed last year, keep blogging!

    Nico – from France ;)

  • Xperia V into an Iced Tea served by Xperia Blog? YES!

  • highest readership in india and still they dont bring news about phone releases in india :/

    xperiablog this aint fair , u still havent said when xperia V or T will release in india :/

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