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Google Resolves Gmail Name Dispute In UK 48

united_notions writes "Slashdot has previously reported the legal challenges over the Gmail brand in Europe. Now, the BBC reports that UK users can finally register addresses — and existing users can switch to too. Google has put up a page describing the change."
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Google Resolves Gmail Name Dispute In UK

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  • Just when I finally got used to "Google Mail"
    • I live in the uk and have always used mine as when giving out my email address and have had no problems.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Dupple (1016592)
        I think it depends when you registered for gmail. I've always had a gmail address. If they stood before the change was made, then they were still valid I think, either that or they were converted on the fly, and the reverse was probably true. I'm UK too
        • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          I doubt it. I live in the UK and I set my sister up with a gmail account 6 months ago when she was changing ISPs, she asked me if she could use instead of , so I tested it and the @gmail variant worked fine then. So although they would only let you register for they sent any email addressed to to your inbox anyway.

          • by Golddess (1361003)
            That would be kinda scary, if when sending an email to from the USA it went to one person, but sending it from the UK it went to another person.
  • I thought that googlemail would automatically change to gmail. At least that is how I remember it, unless I mmisunderstood the summary...

    • According to Google's page you can send to @googlemail or @gmail and either one will just work. Not that it matters particularly as most people just have their contacts as Dave, Jim, Bob etc and couldn't care two hoots about what email address actually sits behind it.
  • Gmail users aren't the sort to type out full e-mail addresses, or even know what they are.

    While we're at MPAA-piracy-style stats to pretend they care about their users, think of how many billions of keystrokes and/or bytes of bandwidth could be saved if Google advertised the misspelling it owns!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      mods: it is an abuse of moderation to overrate an unmoderated post. If you disagree, debate it.

      • by tepples (727027)
        If a post has the karma bonus, some moderators consider that the same thing as having been modded Underrated once.
  • FTA: "Since 'gmail' is 50% fewer characters than 'googlemail' we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day," wrote software engineer Greg Bullock on Google's Gmail blog.

    OK, so that's 5 characters less. So he claims that 12 million gmail addresses are manually typed per day?
    I find that hard to believe. Surely most addresses are cut & pasted, or automatically included as a reply, or from an address book lookup?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Think signing into facebook or myspace.

      • 1. Activate 'master password' option in firefox
        2. Store 'trivial' passwords (facebook..) in ff

      • by tehcyder (746570)

        Think signing into facebook or myspace.

        I don't use either, but surely you can copy and paste like everywhere else?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by zennyboy (1002544)
      I think it was humour
    • Re:Dodgy maths... (Score:5, Informative)

      by Solandri (704621) on Saturday May 08, 2010 @01:42PM (#32139984)
      It was said in jest, and the humor was apparently lost on the BBC. The full quote is: "we estimate this name change will save something like 60 million keystrokes a day. At approximately 217 microjoules per keystroke, that's about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day!"

      P.S. I like the idea of measuring energy use in bonbons.
      • I like the idea of measuring energy use in bonbons.

        Indeed binge eating actually is power!!! (Measured in bonbons per second.)

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jo_ham (604554)

        I prefer using Horses per Submarine as my units.

        Anything else is just pandering to the SI crowd!

    • Last I checked, I automatically log into gmail mostly on a daily basis, unless for some reason the gmail cookie gets cleared. This is a gmail software engineer? He should clearly know better...
  • That's why my contact suddently disappeared from my Android phone's list of contacts...
  • by caluml (551744)
    Awww. That means it'll be hard to distinguish between the people in the UK who got it early, and those who didn't. My share price has dropped 15% on this news.
  • I've had an address for a long while, and if you sent mail to instead of you always ended up receiving the mail fine.

    The only difference for UK people wishing to 'convert' their email address to is what's displayed on the site when you log in.

    • No, there are other differences but they are pretty obscure. If you use Google AppEngine then if you have a Gmail address you'll find your Gmail name is reserved so that you can use it as an AppEngine site but nobody else can use it. If you have a Googlemail address your userid is still reserved in AppEngine but you can't claim it. Also when AppEngine first came out it wasn't possible to give a googlemail user permission to manage a site: you could permit a gmail user or someone with a non Google email. Th
    • by jonbryce (703250)

      and what appears in the From: field when you send emails out to people using the web interface.

  • by thetartanavenger (1052920) on Saturday May 08, 2010 @02:40PM (#32140464)

    I made the change this morning, and I've just had to switch back due to issues I've had with my android phone. Switching to causes numerous logins to fail because they attempt to do so using the login and are instead rejected. Changing the username on my phone involves resetting many of the default options and having to restore a load of data on it manually, so the best option was switching back to

    This isn't a problem for me, but just a heads up for those using android. Receiving mail using the extension still works with the setting, I'm just unsure if you can send from a login if you haven't made the switch.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Duncan Booth (869800)
      To change the user on an Android phone you need to go into application settings and delete the stored data for "Google Mail", "Google Mail Settings" and "Google Apps", Then reboot and the phone should prompt for your login details. No need to restore anything. At least that worked for me.
    • The other way round for me. I registered my Android in the UK to a new gmail address last summer. All fine until the last couple of weeks, when Google seemed to be aggressively editing my login to googlemail on my desktop -- not helpful for those apps which sync to the cloud. Fortunately I didn't run into obvious problems on the phone itself.

      So today I have had to positively fix that account back to gmail, whereas the old, old account I use for Reader has stayed gmail throughout. But I made a new one abou

  • I've had my Gmail account for ages now (I'm located in the Netherlands) so it's very probably just an issue within the UK. Even then you can probably get around it using a proxy when registering. I do believe that most people here will know where the UK is located. So why the "legal challenges in Europe" thing? It's certainly nowhere in the main article. Or is "united_notions" holding back?

  • 1)settle out of court
    2) profit
    3) stocks rise
    4) profit again

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