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Google Feature Phone Data Crawling and Indexing

6:22 pm on Nov 30, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Google says it has retired the feature-phone user agents for crawling content for feature-phones. No surprise there. Although there are probably a lot of feature phones around, I wonder how many people actually use search with a feature-phone.

If you provide content for feature-phones via dynamic serving you should use a self-referential alternate URL link for handheld (feature-phone) devices:
<link rel="alternate" media="handheld" href="[current page URL]" />

This is a change from previous documentation for feature-phones of only using the "vary: user-agent" HTTP header.

Feature-phone tools are going to disappear from the search console.

Here's the link to making feature-phone content. [developers.google.com...]

9:51 pm on Nov 30, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the update. Good to know. Bye bye WAP. It was kinda fun, in a way. I just can't remember how.

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