Google Cloud Print for Mobile Documents Launches
January 25, 2011 9:10 AM
(Source: Google Mobile Blog)
(Source: Google Mobile Blog)
Allows smartphone users to print mobile docs and Gmail e-mails and attachments
We've known about
Google's printing-from-the-cloud ambitions
in Chrome for more than half a year now. As of yesterday, those ambitions are finally becoming a reality.
Google Mobile Blog
that the company began rolling out a beta version of Google Cloud Print for mobile documents and Gmail for mobile yesterday. The functionality allows smartphone users to print a document open in Google Docs or an email in Gmail -- as well as certain attachments -- right from the device.
The new feature will be available to English-speaking users in the U.S., who are running devices that support HTML5 -- Android 2.1+ and iOS 3+. Before it can work, a printer must be connected to Google Cloud Print, so far only on a Windows PC. Mac and Linux support are on their way. Additional support can be found on the
Google Cloud Print help page
While it may come in handy, this is only a sliver of the full functionality Google intends to implement with Cloud Print. The software is designed to eliminate the need for different drivers for every printing device. The final goal is to allow any app to print to any printer without the use of wires or direct communication, which, if done right, has the potential to disrupt the tethered nature of printing.
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