GoogleBot is used by Google to crawl pages and include them in Google’s index. This new update makes GoogleBot evergreen with the latest version of Chromium, the open-source browser that Google Chrome is built on. In other words, GoogleBot will now always run the latest Chromium rendering engine when rendering pages for search, and will regularly update its rendering engine to ensure support for latest web platform features.
The rollout of the new GoogleBot was not instantaneous. It actually began last November, at which time only 1% of the web was affected, and slowly continued until finally reaching 100% this month.
In response to questions about whether the rollout of the new GoogleBot was related to the recent de-indexing bug, Google said that the two were unconnected.
“The new evergreen Googlebot” by Martin Splitt. Google Webmaster Central Blog. May 7, 2019. https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2019/05/the-new-evergreen-googlebot.html
“Google’s web crawler Googlebot now runs on the latest version of Chromium: Why that’s a good thing” by Barry Schwartz. Search Engine Land. May 7, 2019. https://searchengineland.com/google-will-ensure-googlebot-runs-the-latest-version-of-chromium-316534
“GoogleBot Runs Latest Chrome – This Is Big News” by Barry Schwartz. Search Engine Roundtable. May 8, 2019. https://www.seroundtable.com/googlebot-latest-chromium-27535.html
“Google: New GoogleBot & Indexing Bugs Unrelated” by Barry Schwartz. Search Engine Roundtable. May 14, 2019. https://www.seroundtable.com/new-googlebot-unrelated-indexing-bugs-27561.html
“Google Rolled Out The New GoogleBot Over Several Months” by Barry Schwartz. Search Engine Roundtable. May 14, 2019. https://www.seroundtable.com/new-googlebot-rollout-happened-over-months-27560.html
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