Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2013

by XB on 1st January 2014

in Featured Content


Xperia Pie ChartHappy New Year to all of our readers. We choose this opportunity to reflect on XperiaBlog.net’s progress over the last year and share some 2013 readership stats. We previously described 2013 as being a breakthrough year for Sony – as interest in Sony Xperia devices have increased, so has interest in our site. We added over one million new unique visitors during the year, with overall unique visitors growing by 37% versus the prior year.

Thank you to all of our new and regular readers who visited us in 2013. The community is the lifeblood of this site, whether that involves participating in discussions or sending us tips. We appreciate all of your feedback, so if you would like to get in touch about anything please use the Tip Us link at the top. We hope you’ll continue to join us for what promises to be a fantastic ride in 2014.

2013 Xperia Blog readership statistics

We would like to share some readership statistics that shows the progress we have made during 2013, thanks to all of our readers. In 2013 XperiaBlog.net had 17.5 million pageviews and 4.1 million unique visitors, not bad for a niche Android blog.

Top countries by readership

Our top-three countries by readership continues to be from India, the United Kingdom and United States. India is by far the largest with 10% of the audience followed by the UK with 6% and the US closely behind. Many of the other countries in the top 15 are largely the same as last year with a mix of European and Asian countries. Two new entrants in the top 15 include Taiwan at number 11 and Australia at number 15. The two regions to drop out of the top 15 include Japan, which surprised us given that our Sony focus is Japan’s home land, and Hong Kong. As always, it’s great to see our site being read in all corners of the globe.

Xperia Blog 2013 Statistics_1

Readership by Mobile Devices

Despite people forecasting the decline of the desktop, it still remains the most popular medium to consume this site. Desktop visits accounted for 89% of all visits, with the remainder made by mobile and tablet devices.

Xperia Blog 2013 Statistics_2

Xperia Blog continues to be a niche Android blog dedicated to all things Sony Xperia, but we continue to attract readership from a number of different devices as can be seen below. We had almost as many people reading our site on Apple devices as those that do on Sony devices. Other manufacturers that make the top five include Google Nexus devices, as well as Samsung and Nokia handsets.

Xperia Blog 2013 Statistics_3

Readership by Browser

Chrome remains by far and away the most popular browser that people accessed this site from in 2013. Chrome accounted for 54% of visits, up from 46% last year. All other browsers saw their share drop with Firefox down from 26% in 2012 to 22% in 2013 and Internet Explorer down from 11% in 2012 to 9% in 2013.

Xperia Blog 2013 Statistics_4

Most read stories in 2013 (by number of Pageviews)

The following posts were the most read during 2013. The top post of the year was our guide to installing Jelly Bean on the Xperia S. It is fascinating to see that our Link2SD guide, written two years ago, was the second most popular post in 2013. It shows how many people have struggled with low memory restrictions on older Android phones generally, not just Sony phones.

1. Install Jelly Bean to your Xperia S using Flashtool [Tutorial]

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

3. New Sony Xperia home launcher (version 5.1.S.0.0) leaks

4. New firmware (10.1.1.A.1.253) rolling out for Xperia Z

5. New Jelly Bean firmware certified for Xperia S [6.2.B.0.211]

6. Sony Xperia Z1 photo samples through different firmware revisions

7. Some Xperia Z handsets dropping dead; Sony says a fix is coming

8. Xperia S Jelly Bean update now rolling out

9. Xperia Z camera samples against the iPhone 5 & Oppo Find 5

10. Sony ‘Honami’ system dump reveals new UI and imaging specs (20MP camera, 4K video)

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 2013.

Facebook page likes: 16,111 [+93% over the prior year]
Google+ page circles: 13,822 [+218% over the prior year]
Twitter follower count: 29,113 [+136% over the prior year]

  • jumbo3220

    good job Xperia blog..heres a new story. Xperia E1 and E Dual passed FCC .seems they will do the naming like did to Z1 . 2014 Entry level Xperia E1 scored 13000 in AnTuTu

  • Ali Alkhazal

    the first thing I cheack in the mooring is XB :)

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    We Indians love Sony and Xperiablog <3

    And can proudly say Doomlord is an Indian :-D

  • Mhar Jayson Cortez

    Another post that will have a “WHERES MY 4.3 UPDATEE” ahhh sp t tx and v Patience us a virtue :)

  • Neil

    Doomlord is an Indian??
    Wow I didnt know that!!

    Where is he from??

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    then to FB ;-)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    India Again…. Two Consecutive years ;)

  • Droids

    Happy birthday XperiaBlog.
    Thank you for all the updates you have given us.
    Keep up the good work.
    Long Live Sony and XperiaBlog.
    – One of your biggest fans.

  • The two regions to drop out of the top 15 include Japan, which surprised us given that our Sony focus is Japan’s home land

    I wouldn’t be that surprised. I’m from Eastern Hokkaido and I can assure you most Japanese would not bother reading a blog in English when they have various Japanese-speaking Xperia-themed blogs readily available.

    I’m only following this blog because I happen to work in Russia and thus I use a European Xperia model — and Japanese blogs don’t care about anything that’s not docomo, au or Softbank.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Xperia Blog is the best…. No company has such blogs where millions of people share their views and directly connects to the Sony itself :)
    Thankyou XperiaBlog

  • Prateek Bhanushali
  • Billy de Fretes

    indonesia!!! :)

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    Hyderabad :-)

  • Droids

    Sammy fans have SamMobile. It’s a good blog too but you know our heart beats for just Xperia. ;)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    yep, Just checked the Sammy’s Blog. But v are xperians and we love Xperias :)

    P.S-I also checked the comment sessions on that blog which just say many things ;)

  • rexperia

    I am Indonesian, happy new year guys…

  • Rinku Singh

    Indians rocks n xperia devices also…..

  • DooMLoRD

    yes I am Indian… From Pune, Maharashtra :)

  • Ninjas

    Malaysia rank 4th. I’m 1 of the daily visitors’

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    I got confused u from pune or hyderabad :-D…. Jai Ho

  • wick

    Nice stats!!
    We at India love Sony!
    n HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
    Looking forward to a more awesome and exciting 2014 from Sony!!!

  • Diogo Simões

    A Portuguese here!
    Congrats Xperia Blog :D

  • My morning doesn’t begin until I’ve gone to both Xperiablog and the Xperia 2014 rumors thread on Esato.

  • raoul

    the countries where women are raped and left for dead in the street (or bus) and police protect the rapist what a beautiful country.

  • ryq24

    How long has xperiablog exist? Just asking.

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    No country is perfect bro. a gal can’t go alone on the street even its in your country. every country has a bad face too.. tell me your country name and I can Google the bad face of your country too. Think before u talk….

  • Anukul

    a country of a billion with some fags like you who are pessimist. its a beautiful country though

  • sisore

    It’s good to see these statistics, I personally came here a lot since this site provides many Sony stuffs and all, in a clean look!

    Cheers from Indonesia :)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Some people are so negative… i think that presents their own nature that how ugly they are…. We don’t have to google it as answer just revolve around us. Ignore such person And yes, India is Great

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    is that only u know about Indians? fag read below what is the real India

    India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization.
    India is the world’s Largest democracy.
    India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.
    India invented the number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
    When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
    There are 300,000 active mosques in India , more than in any other country, including the Muslim world
    Sanskrit is the mother of all the European Languages . Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software – a report in Forbes magzine July 1987.
    Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.
    India has the second largest pool of Scientist and Engineers in the World.
    India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.
    India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indeigenously.
    India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world
    One of the largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways , employing over a million people
    India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
    The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982
    The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
    Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
    Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
    Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.

  • ZLIndia

    More India coming !!!

  • Assa7in King

    cough* You forgot PAKISTAN KASHMIR cough*

    Just sayin…

  • flo irimescu

    Z1 mini do not have LTE network!

  • j_ee

    wow, internet explorer still registering 9%?

  • Sarah

    Sorry I felt I had to answer when I saw that reply. Why wouldn’t a girl be able to walk alone safely on the streets anywhere in the world? Girls are walking alone everywhere I’ve been (mostly Europe)

  • Carls Alvin

    LatinAMERICA!!

  • philthekill

    What about Austria?

  • Minty

    Why would a girl not be able to walk on the street alone? Maybe that’s the case in India but not in north America or Europe for the most part.

  • XperiaBlog

    Thanks – interesting perspective!

  • XperiaBlog

    Since the Xperia Android journey started with the Xperia X10. Our first post was back on XperiaX10.net on 8 November 2009:

    http://www.xperiax10.net/2009/11/08/welcome-to-the-xperia-x10-blog/

  • Coolkid

    May I know where you are from…??? :)

  • Wolf0491

    I only visit this site through pulse app on my phone. Not sure how that effects statistics haha.

  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    Where is update 4.3 in Pakistan on.Z C6602?? Why are u deceiving us in Pakistan?? We haven’t recieved an update 4.3. U have hurt Pakistan’s citizens. I hate u Sony. We will never buy ur product in Pakistan. U r liar Sony. I hare u, I.hate u. I hate u Sony. I am weeping. U r fraudulent.

  • Ben Lim

    Malaysians love Xperia Blog too, and Xperia. :) Thanks to Sony Mobile, most models are released here in Malaysia.Hopefully, same goes to the xperia Z1 f :)

  • Ben Lim

    Make that the two of us :)

  • Shimoda

    Sad that there are few brazilians in this blog ;/ … This country just want to know about samsung and apple…

  • Jizie

    3 xD

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    am saying about walking at night. if a gal walk alone the street at night it would be dangerous no matter which country it is

  • Mita

    4 :D

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    u want more then read the fact all Americans and Europeans should know

    There are 3.22 Million Indians in America.
    ? 38% of Doctors in America are Indians.
    ? 12% of Scientists in America are Indians.
    ? 36% of NASA employees are Indians.
    ? 34% of MICROSOFT employees are Indians.
    ? 28% of IBM employees are Indians.
    ? 17% of INTEL employees are Indians.
    ? 13% of XEROX employees are Indians.
    ? You may know some of these facts.
    ? These facts were recently published in a German
    Q.
    Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp) ?
    A.
    Rajiv Gupta
    Q.
    Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today’s computers run on it)?
    A.
    Vinod Dahm
    Q.
    Who is the third richest man on the world?
    A.
    According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6 th position now.
    Q.
    Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world’s No.1 web based email program)?
    A.
    Sabeer Bhatia
    Q.
    Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
    A.
    Arun Netravalli
    Q.
    Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?
    A.
    Sanjay Tejwrika
    Q.
    Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
    A.
    Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

    Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America,

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    There are 3.22 Million Indians in America.
    ? 38% of Doctors in America are Indians.
    ? 12% of Scientists in America are Indians.
    ? 36% of NASA employees are Indians.
    ? 34% of MICROSOFT employees are Indians.
    ? 28% of IBM employees are Indians.
    ? 17% of INTEL employees are Indians.
    ? 13% of XEROX employees are Indians.
    ? You may know some of these facts.
    ? These facts were recently published in a German
    Q.
    Who is the GM of Hewlett Packard (hp) ?
    A.
    Rajiv Gupta
    Q.
    Who is the creator of Pentium chip (needs no introduction as 90% of the today’s computers run on it)?
    A.
    Vinod Dahm
    Q.
    Who is the third richest man on the world?
    A.
    According to the latest report on Fortune Magazine, it is Azim Premji, who is the CEO of Wipro Industries. The Sultan of Brunei is at 6 th position now.
    Q.
    Who is the founder and creator of Hotmail (Hotmail is world’s No.1 web based email program)?
    A.
    Sabeer Bhatia
    Q.
    Who is the president of AT & T-Bell Labs (AT & T-Bell Labs is the creator of program languages such as C, C++, Unix to name a few)?
    A.
    Arun Netravalli
    Q.
    Who is the new MTD (Microsoft Testing Director) of Windows 2000, responsible to iron out all initial problems?
    A.
    Sanjay Tejwrika
    Q.
    Who are the Chief Executives of CitiBank, Mckensey & Stanchart?
    A.
    Victor Menezes, Rajat Gupta, and Rana Talwar.

    Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America,

  • Love Xperia

    Lol i know right.. Im like “really ie at 9%?!” Lmao that is a big number

  • dfq

    in japan, they can.

  • dfq

    sir, you don’t have to defend your race. once people start attacking your race, there’s no reason or argument they’d be willing to accept.

    just ignore them.

  • Neil

    Wooaah cheers bruuh! :)

  • Utsav Shah

    Great statistics !
    Thanks XperiaBlog for all this !

  • metro5

    5 :lol:

  • Amsakanna

    rightly said

  • Amsakanna

    I don’t believe much in races. But still when I got to know this, I’m feeling good.

  • Amsakanna
  • Rinku Singh

    doom loard indian wohhhhh great…

  • vigneshprince

    WOW Proud to be an Indian

  • vigneshprince

    dude in every country this[shit] happens! search Google to find!, India is also famous for many good stuffs! I’m Proud to be Indian.

  • vigneshprince

    its not that! but in countries there’s not enough safety for girls who are roaming over night escpecially alone!

  • Z

    their bodies very smelly and I fu*king hate them!!!

  • Z

    fu*king sick indian!!

  • Frenzy Austin

    So there’s the Japanese based blog/forum, can you please give me those links? I like to see how’s the modding culture there.

  • ? ? V ? ?

    I’m the regular viewer of this blog.. Atleast i will check every 3 hours in a day… Very informative and I’m proud to say I’m the owner of SONY VAIO, SONY XPERIA Z SMART PHONE & SONY XPERIA TABLET Z

    Special thanks to droom lord.. Awaiting for 4.3 direct rooting for tab and fonefone

    THANQ XPERIA BLOG :-)

    ? A V ? ?

  • johnylim

    So, how SONY mobile make on India ?? Top 1 rank for sales ??

    In Indonesia still only 2nd or 3rd after Samsung and Blackberry.
    Still no official survey result. But i think it already 2nd now under Samsung.

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    aren’t u humans? or made from sandal? u think likes a brainless fellow and like a pathetic creature

  • Bernard Wong

    I am from Malaysia too..with this blog almost 2 years

  • There’s a few not including threads on 2ch and other boards.

    Probably the most visited are http://xperia-fan.jp/ and http://xperia-freaks.org/ (the latter being the main “source” of root exploits).

  • DULLMAN

    i wonder why xperia is popular in india since its average price is higher than many other firms’

  • APai

    chill dude, don’t feed the trolls. it’s kinda pointless argument. every country has its plus and minuses, we are still developing, so we obviously cannot stack ourselves to developed nations with small populations (that also does not mean they have a right trash others).

  • APai

    “countries where women are raped and left for dead in the street”
    yes, we are ashamed of that side of our society, but that alone does not represent our culture or our society as a whole.

    also, such incidents have rocked the nation and you can see the results in the recent elections where a ragtag bunch of people got together and got elected. despite our weaknesses, we still have a vibrant functioning democracy. i’d suggest people from all over the world to take a leaf out of this chapter and repeat it in their respective countries – recently ravaged by greedy bankers and other crooks

    unless you are pretty shallow or you just want to troll, you’d know better than that.

  • APai

    yeah, it’s there – kashmir is the topmost state geographically, and pakistan is towards the west mostly embroiled in their own mess, Indians these don’t care too much about pakistan, unless there’s some visiting movie star, comedian or a singer – mostly met by “oh he/she is a pakistani ? good to know”

  • APai

    europe has been pretty calm in the recent past. India is a developing nation, so there are parts where its safe, and other parts where it’s unsafe. we’re a populous nation, and the urbanization is leading to chaos , displacement, and also inequality.
    heck, even US is teetering with such issues. greece also is, europe has record unemployment now, so is the rest of the world. are you saying you live in a perfect country/ continent with no issues ?

  • Balasubramanian Murthy

    iam a true sony fan I owe evry product of sony,Sony phone,Sony playstation,Sony vaio laptop,Sony home Theatre,Sony bravia Television,Iam waiting for Sony to launch,Bikes,Washingmachine etc,Yes i too check this blogs regularly for 2 hrs.

  • Frenzy Austin

    I realized that the fellow Japanese enthusiasts didn’t mods their Xperia like flashing custom ROM or install certain features like most of the XDA did. Are they prefer stock handset compare to other enthusiast?

  • Well, for starters, my docomo Xperia AX has a locked bootloader and currently it cannot be unlocked. I don’t know about au’s Xperia VL, but suspect the same. With a locked bootloader you are already pretty limited in terms of ROM development.

    Myself, I never bothered installing custom ROMs or unlocking bootloader on my European Xperia V. I’m perfectly fine with stock firmware, and other Xperia users from Japan I know in person also run stock. They often root, yes, but rarely more than that.

    (Sony’s stock firmware is really, really great in my opinion, especially compared to the firmware of my first Android phone, Motorola’s DROID2 GLOBAL.)

  • Akshay Ballal

    Sony is a well established and trustworthy brand here in India, be it mobile or any other electronic device

  • Seymour Assis

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGLE AND MULTI FOCUS ON SONY’S Z1, 20.7 CAMERA??!?!?!!?!?

  • mogo

    wo wo wo….STOP GUYS….U r country…My country…This topic will never end…Everyone have their own country thing…U Defend…I defend…U Shout…I shout…god this will not end…Every country has their own thing (positive and negative thing)…cmon man…girls get raped…that happens in every country…not only this century…it is happening rite from the human race existed…Man who dont know to control their D###…Police…wat they will do…If u r a police and ppl threatens u r life, will u fight back for a girl u dont know…i think nope…cman mate thats the ugly truth…U dont give a shit unless u r life is in danger…Chill out…Humans makes mistakes…we evolve through errors…Hell yeah! bad things can be reduced but u cant stop it…

    By the way…It’s the blog for mobile (Sony) please stop fighting…
    Doomlord (Indian) i am really surprised mate…Good Luck…Keep going…I am too an Indian

    and guys chill out…anyway happy new year…

  • PinoyXperia

    Congrats, Xperia Blog for another year of a job well done! We Filipinos will continue to support and love Sony!

  • Mac

    Oh I guess that’s the main reason I love Sony as well! Proud half Swedish, half Indian.

    I didn’t know that, nice!

  • linkin

    You forget to add. India also have the world’s largest billionaires, the world’s filthiest streets and the world’s lousiest infrastructure.

  • ewa

    thanks xperiablog! you are the first site i open everyday

  • josesl16

    I wonder how much percentage of total Xperia users in the US does those 6% of US visitors represent to…

  • Paul M

    I am happy to be a reader of your blog, I think you cover the subject well with a good range of articles, you don’t dumb things down nor blind us with jargon.
    Thanks!

  • Paul M

    Doomlord is one smart guy and is a great contributor to the Xperia hacking community.

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