google-thumbGoogle announced that 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.”  According to Google, beause of the change, they “made changes in how we crawl feature-phone content.”  This isn’t impacting how Google crawls or indexes smartphone content, just featured phones.  In case you didn’t know, feature phones are those old Nokia hones that allow users to access websites in a text based interface.

From this point on, Google isn’t going to use the feature-phone user-agents for crawling for search.  At this point, you’ll no longer see these in your logs.

This means that if you ahve a feature phone support on your web site, you’ll need to use “handheld” link annotation for dynamic serving of feature-phone content.  This is what the code looks like:

<link rel="alternate" media="handheld" href="
[current page URL]" />

It’s possible to learn more about it in the updated documentation at the Google developer site.

Because Google isn’t crawling the web as a feature-phone anymore, the crawl error reports for feature phones has gone away.

Here is a before and after of the report.  Notice the “feature phone” option has disappeared:





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