Google Updated Googlebot-Mobile User-Agent Name

Jan 24, 2014 • 8:14 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

robot turtleGoogle announced that they are updating the name for the Googlebot-Mobile user-agent and that if you do any special directives for that user-agent, you should be aware.

The new Googlebot for smartphones user-agent:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

The Googlebot-Mobile for smartphones user-agent we will be retiring soon:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 6_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/536.26 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0 Mobile/10A5376e Safari/8536.25 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

Why the change?

Google said the previous user-agent "made it impossible for Google to index smartphone content of some sites, or for Google to recognize that these sites are smartphone-optimized."

Google also added that the "new Googlebot for smartphones crawler will follow robots.txt, robots meta tag, and HTTP header directives for Googlebot instead of Googlebot-Mobile."

Pierre Far from Google said on Google+:

On a personal note, I love this change on philosophical grounds: We're quickly moving to a world where there isn't a "mobile web" or a "tablet web" or a "desktop web". Instead there is just one web that happens to be accessed from phones, tablets, or desktops.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Comments:

Smarty

01/27/2014 12:29 pm

they using lot of useragents, like msie, from lot of private datacenters to detect redirection & cloaking.

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