Gmail Gets Its Name Back in the UK

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gmail In the UK, Google was forced to give its email service Gmail a different name, Googlemail, because of a trademark dispute. These disputes take a long time (Gmail was changed into Googlemail in October 19, 2005), so Google opted on using a different (yet recognizable) name until the dispute is resolved.

Four and a half years later, UK users will finally get their addresses, as Googlemail is changing back into Gmail. Users will have the possibility of keeping their old address or switching to a new one. From the announcement: “If you already have a Google email account in the UK, you’ll soon have the option to switch your existing address to the matching one, but you’re also free to stick with And starting later this week, anybody who signs up for a new account in the UK will get an address.”

Google jokingly estimates that the change will have a positive impact on the overall energy consumption. “Since “gmail” is 50% fewer characters than “googlemail,” we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day. At about 217 microjoules per keystroke, that’s about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day,” it claims.

The transition from Googlemail to Gmail will happen over the next week.

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