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4:43 pm on May 3, 2016 (gmt 0)

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com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox

I'm suddenly seeing this referrer in Analytics, frequently. Never seen it before except in the past week

Just wondered if anyone else is seeing this referrer? Is it new or just new for me?
5:20 pm on May 3, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I just noticed it for the first time today in Google Analytics. Mind you I only go check stats about twice a month...
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Interesting. It is listed as an "example" referrer here:

[developers.google.com...]

com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox is the name of the GOogle Search app.

I see it starting around 27th April, from Android devices, naturally. From the actual referrer, my guess would be a link from the default Google search bar on a device (this opens in the Google app rather than in a browser). This is installed by default on most devices, I believe.

According to the Play Store [play.google.com], the app updated on April 28th, too.
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Hmmm I notice this referrer a number of times as well this past week. I was wondering what it was. My first thoughts was Google Play but as I don't have any apps for my site I figured that wasn't it. Andy's analysis makes the most sense.
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I haven't had a chance to test this yet, but I'm hoping I'm correct. "Direct" as a visitor source in a typical analytics package seems to include an increasing amount of traffic from other sources, these days - this would at least help with a proportion of mobile web searches.
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Must be a popular app.I don't use Google Analytics but I'm seeing it dozens of times, per day in my logs from Android users coming from different IP ranges.
android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox
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I did test this, and it is from the Google search app installed by default on Android devices.

If you use Google Analytics, it will show up as referral traffic - it should probably be listed in organic search. Ideally, it could be added via tracking info >> Organic Search Sources however, that demands a query parameter which is not sent with this traffic. I guess it could be added with dummy parameter, but I don't know if this would track or not.
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I am also seeing "googleweblight.com" being reported by Google Analytics where "android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" never came up in Google Analytics just my own internal statistics. I haven't seen googleweblight in near the numbers as the other one which makes sense since it is supposedly from other countries which has slow internet.
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Googleweblight is a proxy that "intercepts" the search result click if Google thinks your site is too slow - so, should only appear for slow connections and if Google thinks your page will be slow. I've seen that since about October last year in small numbers (mostly from India).
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What I see it's the new referral in ga.js accounts but not in analytics.js accounts. Can it be possible?
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"googleweblight.com" being reported by Google Analytics where "android-app://com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox" never came up

googleweblight is the User-Agent. android.quickblahblah is the referer. You wouldn't expect to see them in the same places.

By default, an analytics program will use the actual content of the "Referer:" header when giving referer information. I stress by default. That means: unless (a) the analytics program itself switches over to some special handling, or (b) the user has specified special handling, or (c) the visitor is intentionally lying to analytics* by tampering with information passed along in javascript.


* I know of one humanoid visitor who routinely does this.