30 Nov '16, 12pm

Google drops their feature phone crawler & error report in Search Console

Google drops their feature phone crawler & error report in Search Console

Google has announced they have dropped support for crawling the web as a feature phone and has also removed the crawl error reports in Google Search Console. Google said “most websites don’t provide feature-phone-compatible content in WAP/WML any more.” Google said that because of this change, they have “made changes in how we crawl feature-phone content.” This does not impact how Google crawls or indexes smartphone content, just feature phones. Feature phones are those old Nokia phones that let you access web sites in a text based interface. Google won’t be using the feature-phone user-agents for crawling for search going forward. So you will no longer see those in your logs. Which means that if you do have a feature phone support on your web site, you need to use “handheld” link annotations for dynamic serving of feature-phone content. Here is what that code looks like: ...

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