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Google Enables “Cloud Printing On The Go”

Printing service aims at mobile devices, Gmail users

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Let’s face it: smartphone adoption isn’t close to universal, and the average non-student probably doesn’t print documents on a regular basis.  But today, Google launched Google Cloud Print for mobile documents and Gmail for mobile, an interesting service that introduces new options concerning when and where people can print.

Google’s billing this as "a service that allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install drivers."  It’s currently rolling out in beta, with the main catch being that would-be users must use a Windows PC to connect their printers to Cloud Print.  (Linux and Mac support are supposed to be on the way.)

Also, penny pinchers should note that they’ll have to leave their printers on a lot more, driving up the electric bill.

Otherwise, a post on the Google Mobile Blog explained, "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."

Then the post continued, "You can also print certain kinds of email attachments (such as .pdf or .doc) by clicking the ‘Print’ link that appears next to them."

Google Cloud Print for mobile documents and Gmail for mobile is sure to find a few fans out there due to all this flexibility, at least.

Google Enables “Cloud Printing On The Go”
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  • Guest

    It’s a nifty feature to toy with, but in order to utilize the remote printing you have to leave the computer the printer is attached to on. For those people that leave their computer off when not at home (like me) this would not be an ideal set up. That being said, just being able to print from my phone while at home can prove to be beneficial.