Google Mail becomes Gmail in UK

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Living in the UK, you may have wondered why Gmail is Google Mail over there. Well, it’s not because that Google hates you, it just happens to be because of a trademark dispute. Well, it seems they have gotten over that hurdle and will now bring back the name Gmail in the UK.

As the Google blog explains:

If you already have a Google email account in the UK, you’ll soon have the option to switch your existing @googlemail.com address to the matching @gmail.com one, but you’re also free to stick with @googlemail.com. And starting later this week, anybody who signs up for a new account in the UK will get an @gmail.com address. 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!

Some background information: Google Mail is the name used for its email products when they aren’t able to get the name Gmail. Only the UK and Germany were known to use Google Mail because of trademark disputes.

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