Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2014

by XB on 1st January 2015

in Featured Content


pie-sampleHappy New Year. The Xperia Blog team extends our best wishes to all of our readers for 2015. Today’s date also marks this particular site’s birthday (Happy 4th Birthday to us!) However, we were around before then, working on the XperiaX10.net fansite for the legendary phone that started Sony’s Android journey.

Anyway, it’s also that day that we like to share some readership statistics with you for the year just gone. Readership continues to grow, with over one million new unique visitors added, perhaps not surprising given some great products that Sony launched throughout the year.

Thank you all for visiting during 2014, it is sincerely appreciated by all that work on the site. The interaction and community is what drives us to keep the site going and providing relevant Sony Xperia news. Here’s to an exciting 2015 for all Xperia fans.

If you have any tips or just want to get in touch, the absolute best way is to use the Tip Us link at the top of the site. Whilst we do monitor our social media pages regularly, tips through the contact page hit our inboxes instantly.

2014 Xperia Blog readership statistics

We would like to share some readership statistics that shows the progress we have made during 2014, thanks to all of our readers. In 2014 XperiaBlog.net had 20.9 million pageviews and 5.3 million unique visitors.

Top countries by readership

In terms of where our readers are from, India cements the number one position. Overall, 12% of our readers are from India – significantly ahead of any other country. The United States has leapfrogged the UK to take the number two slot with 7% of our readership. We were surprised to see such a strong showing from Indonesia, who now takes up number 4, an increase of three places. Others in the top 15 remain in the same including Germany, France and Sweden, which keep their positions from last year. There also remains a strong showing from Malaysia, Philippines, Russia and Taiwan.

New countries that entered the top 15 include Poland which climbed twelve places to number 9, Brazil (up seven places to number 12) and Turkey (up one place to number 15). The three countries to drop out of last year’s top 15 were Thailand, Singapore and Italy. As always, it’s great to see Xperia Blog being read in all corners of the globe.

Xperia Blog Readership Stats 2014_1

Readership by Mobile Devices

Up until 2014, Xperia Blog was primarily read on the desktop. You can see in the chart below that 2013’s statistics show 89% of our readers were on the desktop. However, the move to mobile shows that this desktop number dropped to 73% in 2014. Readership on mobile devices increased from 8% in 2013 to 21% in 2014. Tablets only saw a small increase from 4% in 2013 to 6% in 2014.

Xperia Blog Readership Stats 2014_2

We are dedicated to all things Sony Xperia, but we continue to attract readership from a number of different devices as can be seen below. The result of this chart really surprised us. If you click here to find the same chart for 2013’s statistics, you will notice how readership between Sony and Apple devices were pretty much neck-and-neck. That has completely changed over the last 12 months.

Whilst traffic across all of the mobile devices below has increased year-on-year, traffic from Sony devices significantly outpaced any other device. Hardly, a big surprise given the content of the blog, but as mentioned earlier, this wasn’t always the case. It seems that more and more of you are accessing the site via your Xperia phones which is great.

Whilst readership from Apple devices only grew 11%, it comfortably held onto second place. Our readership from Samsung devices leapfrogged Google ones to take third position. The rise in readers from Samsung devices saw the biggest year-on-year increase at +262% (excluding the year-on-year growth from Sony devices).

Xperia Blog Readership Stats 2014_3

Readership by Browser

Chrome continues to be the most popular browser to access the site. You can see the data below from 2012 to 2014, which shows Chrome accounting for 58.4% of visits in 2014 (up from 45.6% in 2012). Firefox remains the second favourite, with 17.8% of visits in 2014, although it has been on a downward trend for a while. In fact all of the other browsers, including Internet Explorer and Safari, saw a muted performance apart from Opera, which has seen an increase in visits.

Xperia Blog Readership Stats 2014_4

Most read stories in 2014 (by number of Pageviews)

The following posts were the most read during 2014. The top post of the year was our review of Sony’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware build. The second most popular post was related to cracked displays and which ones Sony are likely to repair. The third most popular post of the year was our exclusive look at the Xperia Z2 firmware before the phone had launched.

FlashTool continues to be one of the most important pieces of software available for Sony Xperia owners, therefore it was no surprise to see two posts relating to FlashTool in the Top 10. Another popular post (#5 on the list) related to the SD card restrictions within Android KitKat. One of the big surprises for us was to see that our Link2SD guide, written in December 2011, was still one of the most popular posts in 2014 (#6 on the list).

1. Xperia Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware (14.3.A.0.681) review

2. Sony will repair certain cracked displays for Xperia Z series suggests leaked info

3. Exclusive sneak peek at the Xperia KitKat UI for the Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’

4. FlashTool version 0.9.18.1 allows you to download Xperia firmware files

5. Before upgrading to KitKat, be wary of SD card restrictions

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

7. Xperia Z2 in low-light shootout against HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5

8. Big Album (6.0.A.0.26) and WALKMAN (8.3.A.0.2) update hits Xperia handsets

9. Flashtool updated to version 0.9.15.0 – brings support to 2014 Sony Xperia devices

10. Xperia M Android 4.3 update now rolling (15.4.A.0.23)

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 2014.

Facebook page likes: 22,282 [+38% over the prior year]
Google+ page followers: 56,915 [+312% over the prior year]
Twitter follower count: 50,430 [+73% over the prior year]

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  • Faisal Armand

    I’m surprised that Indonesia is one of the top readers of xperiablog! Besides me, are there any indonesians active on xperiablog?

    Here, a couple of presents from one of the major cities of Indonesia

    https://flic.kr/p/quDzb1

    https://flic.kr/p/qfvH1R

  • Krishna

    Nice to see. Happy birthday

  • jerrysofresh

    Happy new year Xperia blog

  • Billbond4

    Keep up the great work

  • Ritwij

    No wonder that most number of readers are from India. I’m one of them too.

  • Congratulations on this amazing site.
    I visit everyday.

  • hey, aku jg org Indo! salam kenal!
    Ngomong2, itu foto2nya diambil pake Xperia ya? kalo iya, pake Xperia apa?

  • Guest

    Is the sister X10 website still active? Or will you just post any related news on this site now?

  • Mae Android

    I am the only one who reads Costa Rica..

  • theskig

    Italy is here!
    Happy new year!

  • AA

    Happy New Year from USA.

  • Reza

    Xperia blog is my first website that i open in my every coffee morning. The most reliable Xperia news and fastest than other. Keep the good work. I’m from Indonesia btw.

  • PoopForSoup

    For us camera fools, can you tell us how to get this type of long exposure shots? Preferably with the QX100

  • Faisal Armand

    Xperia Z2 bro..

  • Faisal Armand

    Um well.. I never had any experience with sony smart lenses. Maybe you can try program mode

  • carl

    Itu Bandung, jalan Asia Afrika, museum Asia Afrika ya gan??

  • Reza

    Same here, Indonesian with z2 n e3 dual.

  • jag

    WOW! you’re getting better with your shots! keep it up! ^^

  • jag

    congrats xperiablog!!! let’s hope that sony would become a lot better this year! ^^

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    U might be suprised, but me, one of crazy fan xperia blog from indonesia. Curently, checking all info about the upcoming xperia z4 almost 5 times a day. :-D

    Salam luar biasa!

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Man that’s a long long journey. Keep it up, XB. I’m new here, but I can already tell you are awesome!
    oh, happy new year Xb!
    Thank you for all of your hardwork!

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Nah, same here. My morning coffee will perfect with Xb! Happy to see some people here are from indonesia! Luar biasa.

  • Wew, ngeriii…

  • Faisal Armand

    Betull.. Lagi beli nasi goreng sekalian photo hunting

  • cyun84

    Happy 2015 from Singapore! I check this site every day :D

  • JHMBB2

    I’m always so surprised by the amount of Indians that visit here. Glad to see the USA moving up. We went to T-Mobile today to get the Z3 only to find out they’d run out! Way to go Sony and XperiaBlog!

  • hansip

    Absen gan

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Sony should come down and sponsor this site. This would serve as a useful source of feedback from well informed fans and customers

  • jonoave

    Well, that’s good news. But let’s hope Sony restock soon so people won’t turn to other brands!

  • jonoave

    Checked in here almost daily too. But I’m from Malaysia.. ;)

    Hopefully Singapore falling out of top 15 readership doesn’t mean Xperia is getting less popular there..

  • jonoave

    Salam dari Malaysia! :D

  • cyun84

    Hello friend from across the border! Conversely I’ve seen quite a lot of people holding Xperia phones here this year. It started with the Z2 :)

  • jonoave

    That’s good to hear. Actually I’m in Germany now, and I’ve seen Xperia phones being quite popular along with Samsung. iPhones are quite rare.

  • cyun84

    Nice! Xperia seems to have a strong presence in Southeast Asia and Western Europe. I just got back from China and most people either had iPhones or Chinese brands there.

  • Fan of Xperia device

    Great, now officially connect with Sony just like Wpcentral now has connection with microsoft. This is a great site for Xperia fan and i think Sony’s mobile division and Xperia fan can both benefit form each other through this site. We can point out what are the features we want and what is lacking in the Xperia phones. Sony’s mobile division surely will benefit from the constructive criticism from their loyal fan base. Make.It.Happen.XperiaBlog.

  • Chris

    Good job, Xperia Blog! Keep it up! Wish you guys a Happy New Year! BTW, I visit this stunning site everyday and I’m from China.

  • Z3 COMPACT

    lol we r indians :D

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    One of the millions of Indians !!! :P

  • ryq24

    Where is xperiablog based and who are the people behind it?

  • Nice! Congratulations and hope that in next year you will have at least 10 mln uniqes ;)

  • Jiyeon90

    Happy new year from Sweden

  • Nope.

  • jmaxim917

    Sony needs to get on board with AT&T.

  • Cris de Oliveira

    That’s cool. Brazil here! :D
    Congratulations :)

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Nah, nice idea there sir! Should all suggestion, idea, what we want & what we need can be seen by sony directly from XB. That’s gonna be useful for us, for sony as well so they can continue make better products.

  • Jonathan

    Hey! I’m from Indonesia too and currently using Xperia C3

  • chunkybeats

    I love xperia blog, the only website which is non biased and all things great in Sony Xperia! still using my Z on dolphin browser. All the best for the new year and hope Sony kicks ass!

  • shubham

    happy new year!! have a great year ahead! glad my country made to the top! :D

  • JG

    congratulation xperiablog!!!

  • Amir

    now i know why there are quite a lot Indian nicknames in the comments.

  • hocestquisumus

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and keep up the great work – from your lonely Austrian reader ;)

  • Maxtu_nin

    Hi, late but I’m from Singapore too! I too frequent this site to read the latest Xperia news and then share with my peers!

  • Guest

    Where is Spain??

  • Rean&Fie

    I am one of ur readers from Taiwan! love the quick update from this blog! keep it on!

  • Congrates xperiablog! Ive been visiting this site since xperia arc era. Good to see you guys are improving a lot, especially when you improve the mobile view of this site. Keep improving and all the best!

  • The illuminati

  • Billy de Fretes

    yeyy…Indonesia

  • amirali

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