Google Doesn't Like Apple's Safari 5?

Jun 17, 2010 • 8:27 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google AdWords

safariIf you login to Google AdWords using Apple's latest update to their browser, Safari version 5, you will get a warning from Google.

The warning reads:

We have detected that you are using an older web browser. For better performance with the AdWords interface, we recommend using a modern browser such as Firefox 3.5, Chrome, Safari 4, or Internet Explorer 8. Learn more.

Here is a picture of the warning:

Google AdWords in Safari 5

Yes, Google calls Safari 5, one of the latest and greatest browsers, an "older browser." Clearly, since Safari 5 was just released, this is a new browser. I guess Google just needs to update the logic they are using for browser detection.

Or maybe Google isn't happy Apple continues to update Safari, since Google has their own browser, Chrome - which actually is based off of Safari? That probably isn't it - but figured I seed some of you conspiracy theorists with that.

My big issue is in an Google AdWords Help thread has a Googler, Bindu, telling a Safari 5 user to switch browsers. Seriously?

Forum discussion at Google AdWords Help.

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Andrea Moro

06/17/2010 05:54 pm

It always happen. At the time safari 4 has been released, adwords require 3 longer weeks to fix all the issues they were having with their ad platform.


06/17/2010 06:52 pm

Only this time it's a doomed ad platform.


06/17/2010 10:21 pm

whats a doomed ad platform?.. Adwords?.. hahah I smell some fanboyism in this previous comment.


06/22/2010 04:12 pm

Prime example of why to avoid relying on browser sniffing.

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