Cloud printing, or in layman’s terms, magic, is coming to Android and iPhone, enabling users to print stuff off their phones without cables or even being near a wireless printer.
First launched as a component on Google’s Chrome browser, Cloud Print offered users the ability to print out documents, which it seemed like a redundant idea given you can print things out from a PC anyway, so long as you have it connected to a cable or wireless printer.
Well, it seems Google has finally given the feature a chance to show its true potential on mobile devices. An update due to arrive today and tomorrow on Android and iOS powered mobiles will allow users to queue print jobs even while they are on the go.
Google posted on its official mobile blog: “Imagine printing an important document from your smartphone on the way to work and finding the printout waiting for you when you walk in the door.
“Just open a document in Google Docs or an email in Gmail in your mobile browser and choose “Print” from the dropdown menu in the top right corner.”
We are imagining and we like what we are imagining. But unfortunately, the update is only available stateside on Android devices running version 2.1 or higher and on iOS version 3.0+, so we are not popping open the champagnes just yet. Hopefully, a UK launch is on the cards once the service goes live across the pond.
Source: Google Mobile Blog via Talk Android