At yesterday’s Google I/O John Mueller revealed that Google is still using the older version of Chrome – Chrome 41 – for their official rendering by Googlebot. This means that some newer coding features available in the newer versions of Chrome and other browsers won’t be rendered properly by Googlebot.
What’s not immediately clear from the user agents is that Googlebot is currently using a somewhat older browser to render pages. It uses Chrome 41 which was released in 2015.
If you would like to check if you are using something that cannot be run properly in that version of Chrome, Google also references this site which details what is supported in Chrome 41, and you can also use it to compare to the current version of Chrome, or any other browser, too. You can also use Fetch and Render in Google Search Console as well or the mobile friendly test.
Mueller does not recommend downloading older versions of Chrome for security reasons.
Last August, Ilya Grigorik from Google said an update to the Chrome version was something the team was “Actively thinking about”, but 10 months later, it is still Chrome 41.
no official dates, but definitely something the team is actively thinking about.. 🙂 /cc @HenrikJoreteg
— Ilya Grigorik (@igrigorik) August 4, 2017
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