Experienced Cloud Computing; Now use Cloud Printing
Okay, so your friend needs a copy of the project report you both have to present in college tomorrow. It so happened that by mistake you forgot to copy the final version of the report onto his computer, before you were leaving from his house after toiling the entire day to complete it. Of course, you can send the doc to him via the Internet, but why not print it as well, that too on his printer. How? Use cloud printing. It’s simple and convenient.
What’s cloud printing?
In layman terms, “cloud printing” means you have the capability to print from any device anywhere to a printer you access from the web. With cloud computing being embraced all over the world, users are expecting the same capabilities from their web-connected mobile devices as they get from their PCs and printing is on the top of their list. But mobile devices, especially smart phones and tablets, have no printing capabilities of their own, so how can they print? Cloud printing has the answer.
Very recently, Google has come up with a product of its own, which as claimed by the company, links any Internet connected device to a printer. The product is Google Cloud Print.
Print on the go with Google Cloud Print
In traditional printer models, drivers were at the center of things. But with modern day devices such as smart phones and tablets, it is not really feasible. Google Cloud Print (GCP) comes to the rescue for these devices. It eliminates the need of drivers. Apps running on these devices no longer require OS or driver support to do the printing stuff, as they rely on GCP to manage it for them. Once the printer job is sent from this app, GCP assigns it to the particular printer, with the specific options the user has selected and provides the job status as well.
For the record, Google Cloud Print is compatible with any web-connected device and it works with all the printers. With Google Cloud Print on board, you can print anything on the go from anywhere you want. You can access the list of printers from your Google Cloud Print account in the same way as you access your documents in Google Docs. All you need is to connect to the printer and start printing.
Types of printers Google Cloud Print can connect to
To set it straight, once you have Google Cloud Print on board, you can print on any printer whatsoever. Though there are cloud-ready printers that are compatible with Google Cloud Print, other printers – the ones that most of us presently have – can also print with this Google service. All that is required is a connector, a tiny software that can communicate between your printer and Google Cloud Print.
What are HP ePrint and AirPrint?
HP ePrint is a mobile computing technology developed by HP to print docs with smartphones, tablets, etc. It makes printing on the go, a convenient task. You can print from basically anywhere, all you need is a compatible HP ePrint app installed on your smartphone. Currently, separate HP ePrint apps are available for Blackberry, Android and iPhones.
AirPrint is a component that comes integrated with Apple Inc.’s iOS 4.2 and above versions. To print a doc from your iPhone or iPad, you can simply fire a printout via this component. However, you require an AirPrint compatible printer at the receiving end.
As you can see, with all these technologies coming to the forefront, in just some time from now, printing is bound to get simpler and convenient.