The original presentation of Google Cloud Print a few months ago saw difficulties encountered with several older printers, which still required a connection to the web through a computer terminal. After initial issues were resolved, HP announced that all Google Cloud Print users can now print directly to any HP ePrint-compatible printer from any Google Cloud Print-compatible application on any computer or smartphone.
With the requirement for some users that the printer be connected to a printer driver or PC finally removed, it is now a simple process of logging into a Google account, entering a unique email address of the HP ePrint enabled printer being used and clicking the “Connect my printer” button.
In all other respects, the way the printer is configured or the use of the paper feed tray, printer ink cartridges, toner cartridges or compatible ink cartridges remain unchanged when connected with Google Cloud Print via mobile device.
Printed document printing remains a widespread need for a number of applications in many workplaces. A key difference is that, as a result of increased concern for the environment, each document is carefully considered if it is strictly necessary to print. Cloud printing now offers improved cost-effective print management, reduced footprint, and ease of use in the business environment.
The trend now is for a growing number of company employees to work primarily outside the office or on the go, where PC / laptop access to the printer cable connection may not be available or only with authorized use . Adopting a cloud-based service to print where and when needed will make a key contribution to time management and productivity.
Understandably, in today’s high security conscious workplaces with constant concern to protect sensitive company data, the majority of company office workers will have no or restricted administration rights to allow a printer driver is installed when connecting to an unknown printer network. from a laptop.
The security principle still applies, even if a remote worker wants to print in another office or at home with a different or newly purchased printer. The problem is further complicated by the appearance of various devices, such as the iPad, or other smartphones and netbooks, that use the Google Chrome operating system. Many still do not have built-in printing capabilities or only allow basic support for a limited number of current printers.
Although some manufacturers have introduced printers that offer an option to print images directly from smartphones for business use, however, they do not have a built-in printing system and simply convert images into print data, not suitable for document printing.
The development of an easy-to-print, on-demand, anywhere web-based system is now a key requirement as more and more, the web is accessed via mobile devices / smartphones and with widespread use of mobile apps. Google Cloud Print apps currently include support for Gmail, Google Docs for mobile devices, and Chrome OS, which will soon add the use of third-party apps.