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Google to Update Googlebot’s User Agent in December

October 03, 2019 / Matt Southern

As part of Google’s switch to an evergreen Googlebot, the user agent will soon be updated to reflect the new version of Chrome. This change will take place in December. Google notes that it will periodically update the version numbers to match the Chrome updates in Googlebot. For the technical people, here are the user agents being used by Googlebot today compared to the user agents that will be used in December I’ve circled the key differences. Google says, according to evaluations, it’s confident most websites will not be affected by this change. The only instance in which a site may be affected is if it’s programmed to look for a specific user agent. Google specifically recommends using feature detection rather than user agent sniffing.