Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2015

by XB on 1st January 2016

in Featured Content


Bar Chart GraphicWe wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016. We hope that the year ahead will be a stronger one for Sony Mobile, full of exciting products which are easily accessible to all that want them (yes, even for US Xperia fans).

Anyway, the New Year also marks our birthday and we are five today (Happy Birthday to us!), so thanks to all of our readers for sticking with us for so long. As has become a tradition for us, we use this opportunity to share some site statistics of the year just past.

We know there is much that we could improve on, but with a small team who also have ‘proper’ jobs, we have to sometimes make compromises on what we cover. We endeavour to continue coverage of all things Sony Xperia and find ways to expand content. If there are any suggestions you have for the site (nothing is too small), then please do not hesitate to leave any comments below or get in touch with us here.

As always, your tips are invaluable to us, making us aware of the latest Xperia-related news items, whether that is for firmware updates or rumours or something else entirely. Thank you for everyone that got in touch and please them coming into 2016.

2015 Xperia Blog readership statistics

We would like to share some readership statistics that shows the progress we have made during 2015, thanks to all of our readers. In 2015 XperiaBlog.net had 25.8 million pageviews and 5.6 million unique visitors.

Top countries by readership

When looking at where most of our readers are from, the top three countries remain the same as last year. India takes top spot with 11%, slightly lower than last year (12%) but still significantly ahead of any other region. The United States cements the number two position with 8% of our readership, but perhaps slightly ironic considering the poor availability of Xperia products for US customers. The United Kingdom rounds off the top 3 with 6% of the readership.

The rest of the top 15 countries in terms of readership include broadly the same regions as last year, albeit with some swapping of places. Canada is the only new entrant into the top 15, with Taiwan dropping out.

XB 2015 - Readership

Readership by Mobile Devices

Desktop still dominates readership versus mobile, although the latter continues to grow as you would expect. Mobile readership gained seven percentage points to 27% in terms of readership mix, entirely at the expense of desktop, which dropped seven percentage points to 66%. Tablet readership stayed broadly the same at 6% of the readership mix.

XB 2015 - Desktop v Mobile

Readership by mobile device is unsurprisingly dominated by Sony products at 58%, up by five percentage points compared to the prior year. Those reading on Apple devices take second place at 9%, although this is down by three percentage points from last year.

Readership from Samsung and Google products take third and fourth place, with 7% (up two percentage points) and 4% (up one percentage point) respectively. Mozilla is the only new entrant in the top 5, usurping Nokia’s fifth position last year.

XB 2015 - Mobile Device

Readership by Browser

Chrome continues to be the most popular browser to access the site. You can see the data below from 2012 to 2015, which shows Chrome accounting for 64% of visits in 2015 (up from 46% in 2012). Firefox remains the second favourite, with 16% of visits in 2015, although it has been on a downward trend for a while. In fact all of the other browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera saw a muted performance.

XB 2015 - Browser

Most read stories in 2015 (by number of Pageviews)

The following posts were the most read during 2015. The top read post during the year talked about the new Flashtool version that allowed you to download Xperia firmware files. This post was originally published in September 2014, so it’s a surprise to see it take top spot.

The second most popular post was our guide to installing Android Lollipop using XperiFirm and Flashtoool. No surprise here, as many took matters into their own hands to create and flash firmware for their Sony Xperia devices thanks to these excellent tools.

The third most popular post of the year was the first unboxing pictures for the Xperia Z5 Premium, which shows how many were interested in Sony’s beautiful but expensive flagship.

The rest of the top 10 posts includes four rumour stories surrounding the Xperia Z5 family, a guide on creating FTF firmware files, news around the Android Lollipop firmware release for the Xperia Z1 family and Sony’s change in stance on waterproof phones.

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

2. Guide to installing Xperia Lollipop using XperiFirm and Flashtool

3. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium unboxing pics

4. Three minute video shows off the Xperia Z5 family in all its glory

5. Xperia Z5 press pictures emerge; 23MP camera confirmed

6. Sony changes stance on waterproof phones: Do not use underwater

7. See new hands-on pictures of the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium

8. Create your own FTF firmware files using XperiFirm and FlashTool

9. Android Lollipop released for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact

10. New Xperia Z5 picture leaks, plus further details on next week’s launch

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 2015.

Facebook page likes: 28,658 [+28% over the prior year]
Google+ page followers: 63,157 [+11% over the prior year]
Twitter follower count: 66,680 [+32% over the prior year]

  • Mohamed adel ali

    Hope 2016 Sony made revolutionary products and redesign camera up and give better result with auto mode

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Camera is good man, it’s just that they need Good camera software with CameraAPI2. The only OEMs not giving cameraAPI2 is Sony.

  • Ambitious Man

    :( I afraid of 2016 is the end of sony xperia.

  • Mohamed adel ali

    Camera app still need more work it give bad result in auto mode when compare it with competitor

  • iia3ezu

    Look at the number of Indians. Sony should make an Xperia phone that sells for less than $50 without contract, it’ll be the bestseller in India.

  • Faisal Armand

    “The only OEMs not giving cameraAPI2 is Sony”

    Ouch.. But true tho

  • Wolf0491

    I use the app Feedly for news sites such as this. I wonder how that affects the statistics? Since it opens stories in the app using some kind of in app browser mode? Lol

  • azzido

    considering the quality of Z5 series (blurry pictures, battery drains etc.) it is sad but very probable. Seems Sony is heading into closure of mobile division…

    To be honest I am not satisfied with the product and will rather put off Z6 as the quality will be the same again… (excellent in marketing, disappointing in real).

    Now I am sending my Z5 on warranty again (second time…). This is user experience they offer.
    And I no longer like their UI as it too simple now – even left side drawer in app section is gone.

  • fried_egg

    hny blog people

  • ramuk

    I’m really surprised that U.S.A reader is in #2 considering the fact that Sony doesn’t sell their phone through carrier. American people still love Xperia device. Nice.

  • SM

    India takes top spot in readership by country.
    YAY. I’m one of them, proud xperia owner.

  • Ambitious Man

    Ur camera have 24mm, so blurry pictures on edges is common. It’s normal thing.

  • fudgemonkeys

    Yes I use chrome on my xperia only to access this site, and I’m in Canada. Thanks for the interesting post and all the work you put into this Site! Much appreciated, keep it up!

  • Battal

    Only if Sony want too !

  • Feddy

    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!

  • Redd Chon

    I hope Sony will take note and make a surge in the American market. This could save their mobile division.

  • Alvin

    Thank you for the amazing year, XperiaBlog! You always keep us up to date on xperia news and giveaways too.. Looking forward for a much better year:)

  • Alvin

    Well in fact Sony have a lot of fans there in US, a lot… It’s just Sony that doesn’t listen to them (sad truth)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    First of all, A vry Happy New Year and A very Happy B’Day XB…. As for the suggestions, Please do make Reviews for the Sony Smartphones and Accessories. It will just take XB to a New level !!!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Well Sony uses the same software algorithms as they use in their pocket cams like WX series, If you compare pics with those cameras you’ll see similarities. When it comes to the phones their SA is bit unstable due to shaky hands(specially in low light) cause in night time it tries to detect the scene and with our shaky hands it goes night scene to fast moving scene, so everything is messed up lol. So that’s why we want some serious manual controls to over come these problems. I mean the new sensor is so good.

    Oh one thing I find it so funny that how people criticize the new sensor saying oh 23mp is shit. Well it’s the sensor and they should understand that you can’t use all 23mp. You should stick with 8mp specially when it comes to low light cause it produces really good images.(and you need some skills of photography)

    In the end Sensor isn’t bad like all the reviewers say but we need some serious camera software update cause camera opens slow, takes photos slow and post processing is slow.
    I really hope Sony will look into these matters cause They succeeded in many things.(Display, Battery, and updating to latest Software) Camera is something that they’ve mastered.
    Recently they open sourced their camera drivers too. Hope they’re going in the right direction.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I had to say it but I will stick with Sony cause it’s simple and battery is amazing. few tweaks and I can get really decent shots. There’s so much. Unlike other OEMs it doesn’t bore me. Only camera does :P

  • alicewgebhardt


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  • Zarko Dragojevic

    Hi XB. Happy new Year. It’s nice to see you guys keep growing. Thanks for the good 2015 and the new Website. Greetings from Switzerland

  • Uzair Syed

    That’s because we WANT Xperia devices but get screwed over. I’ve been waiting forever to jump in (I’m on Verizon) and I bought the Z3v oon Black Friday because Verizon and SONY screwed us over with Z4v and not releasing Z5 variants.

  • SM

    Hope in 2016, they will reconsider their pricing policy for more competitive advantage and market aggression.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    they use google DNS

  • shivaprakash
  • Rob Gillingwater

    Keep up the good work in 2016. I think Sony (mobile) is now recovering, understands its place in the market and has direction

  • Thank you all, Xperia Blog!
    You are the best information support of the world Xperia of ever!
    Keep it up!!!
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-sfEtLp9h3zA/VhlX_kclQaI/AAAAAAAD6pY/bdNhrBdsZcY/w701-h526-no/2015-10-10-185000-Caluri-Z1c-01-AWlogo.jpg

  • Timel

    The one that left Sony in America is not American people but Sony itself

  • Timel

    If Sony still do the business like these days, oh to be honest, I don’t see the bright future for Xperia division at all, Sony didn’t work hard enough with Xperia products, look what Samsung have done their galaxy flagship phones… Samsung never stop and they always keep moving forward.

    For example the camera problem, Galaxy flagship phones get better and better in every gens while Xperia flagship phones have stuck with the lame problem like shitty auto mode for many years since the first generation of Z series… it shows how inefficient Sony is.

  • Timel

    For Sony, now not just about camera, there are many things Sony must improve and catch up competitors

    Samsung’s really serious now, they work so hard on both hardware and software for the next Galaxy flagship phones, especially software side, Samsung will do everything that can make them win Apple

    So Sony need to catch up Samsung and Apple, and make it better

    For example:
    – Outperform camera quality (Sony must create the best camera auto mode on the smartphone and the powerful manual mode)

    – Animation and Xperia UI (I think Xperia UI still lack of smooth animation, iOS9, EMUI 4.0 and the current TouchWiz UX are more fluent than Xperia UI)

    – Display (why Z5 Premium display is too red out of the box? It’s so shame than Sony make a bad first impression, and I think this is the time for Sony to move forward with OLED technology already )

    – Audio quality and speakers (the quality of front facing speaker is very lame and it needs improvement seriously and Sony should put their famous audio chip to the next Xperia flagship phone as well)

  • DrKrFfXx

    Z5P display is very cold. It outputs cold blueish whites.

    Red? Actually you have to give it a pinch of red in the Display options to have it display more balanced whites.

    I like my whites cold, though, I hated the warm yellowish displays of the first Z.

  • Nasrul

    where is our android marshmallow?

  • DIsChaos

    Hey guys , can you please check your mobile website? I have issue to load it , running with Xperia z2 /w adblockers ,it only loading when going into “computer version” of website” it’s used to work fine

  • Pamelakarroyo


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  • shivaprakash
  • Timel

    Is this true? Its bezels look very small, wow! So excited!

  • Sadman Khan

    Any news on Marshmallow concept update or Marshmallow update itself?

  • Maryjclifford3


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  • Brick

    Maybe more people would use the mobile version if it wasn’t so infested with ads that it runs 10 times slower than the desktop version.

  • shivaprakash

    News Source is Trusted But lets Wait and Watch
    But Here Is Killing Trusted New Lenovo K4 Note Launched in India
    http://androidstop.blogspot.com/2016/01/lenovo-vibe-k4-note-launched-in-for-11999.html

  • korbindallis

    Sony just has to get some good marketing campaign going and also push hard in the US and Canada, and keep pushing in the places that they are good in Japan Europe India and China
    your fan from up north

  • Timel

    For Sony,it’s not just about camera issue now, there are many things Sony must improve seriously and catch up its competitors

    The big player like Samsung’s really serious now, they work so hard on both hardware and software for the next Galaxy flagship phones, especially software side, now Samsung realises that if they wanna win Apple they need to focus on software as much as possible and look like Samsung will do everything that can make them win Apple definitely.

    So Sony need to catch up Samsung and Apple too and make it better

    For example:

    – Outperform camera quality (Sony must create the best camera auto mode on the smartphone and the powerful manual mode)

    – Animation and Xperia UI (the current Xperia UI is too boring and still lack of smooth animation. iOS9, EMUI 4.0, MIUI 7 and the current TouchWiz UX are much fluent than Xperia UI, the lastest news also said that Samsung trying to make TouchWiz UX more fluent than iOS)

    – Display (why Z5 Premium display is too red out of the box? It’s so shame than Sony makes a bad first impression to customers, and I think this is the time for Sony to move forward with OLED technology already )

    – Audio quality and speakers (the quality of front facing speaker is very lame and it needs improvement seriously and Sony should put their famous audio chip to the next Xperia flagship phone as well)

    And useful software features such as call notification pop-up and split screens are the need for flagship smartphone also.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Not even close to probable. Sony has over $20 billion in their mobile division and they’re not leaving anytime soon. It would take them 15 years to go bankrupt with losses and Sony has another $150 billion dollars backing that up. Kazuo Hirai said in 2017, Sony will push smartphones harder than ever and do hardcore marketing investments to get Xperias mainstream worldwide. In 2017, they will target the US market, in 2018, they will target more of Asia, and in 2019-2020 push their Xperia smartphones in high capacities worldwide. Kazuo Hirai said they will never exit their smartphone business.

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  • Timel

    Sorry but Huawei Mate 8 is the king of battery life… but Sony flagship phones have good battery life also but not good as Huawei Mate 7-8

  • Ambitious Man

    wow! 20b USD? @@

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Yes, now do you think Sony Mobile is going anywhere? Sony sells 50 million phones a year. Sony is selling 100x more phones than Blackberry and Nokia combined. Xperia already beat HTC in UK and India and its going to beat HTC in South Asia and the US soon. Sony just lacks good marketing and entered the market late so they’re having difficulty profiting. They are nowhere close to dead.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Sony isn’t inefficient but the problem is they are not putting their best engineers into that department. Their best engineers have moved into the camera department and are focusing on product such as Alpha RX II. The reason why they enpurposely make the cameras in their Xperias suck is that they don’t wanna hurt their Alpha camera sales. If Sony really put full focus on their smartphone division, they could seriously change the Z series and challege Samsung. Keep in mind that Samsung also has Sony’s golden age engineers.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Less than $50 would be perfect for a low end flagship, but if they could sell a phone like the Xperia M5 for less than $250 in India, they would dominate sales.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Marshmallow update is coming in 2nd week of February for all the devices eligible for Marshmallow.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    I’m in Canada too. Proud Z3 owner here :D

  • korbindallis

    In CA too I’m so confused on which Sony Z5 to go for will be expensive as I’ll be doing unlocked looking at 7 to 9 grand CAD damn exchange rate

  • Sadman Khan

    And that’s confirmed?

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Yes, on a firmware certification site.

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