I haven’t been able to verify this yet, but some people are reporting a new Google User-Agent in their logs called “Google-speakr”.
The IP of the bot is 18.104.22.168 which resolves to Google.
People are speculating that the bot is some sort of Home / Google Assistant crawler but there is no news from Google just yet.
Below is a tweet from someone who first spotted it.
Interesting hit in the logfile. useragent “google-speakr” IP was “22.214.171.124” which resolves to https://t.co/RnpYd0FtUk.— Valentin Pletzer (@VorticonCmdr) January 28, 2019
might be an indicator which contents are requested on Google Home#seo #google #voice@JohnMu is this a reasonable assumption?
Like I said I haven’t seen it any of the logs I have checked, but I do have access to quite a few and not all of them go into Bigquery so it’s a bit manual.
It’s not every day we get a new Google bot to join our list of bots to monitor and check.
I will update this once I have done some more digging and research.
Does that mean if your site is not getting crawled by Google Speakr does that mean your site is not speaker friendly?
I asked John from Google that very question and his answer was short, but he clearly answered it.
No— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) February 4, 2019
I don’t think he could be more clear.
Also, Google hasn’t confirmed this yet.