Google Cloud Print

By | April 19, 2010

Google has announced plans to print through the Cloud with its Google Chrome OS. Printing is a network service that still relies on print drivers, direct connections or specific local network configuration. “Developing and maintaining print subsystems for every combination of hardware and operating system– from desktops to netbooks to mobile devices — simply isn’t feasible.” say Chrome OS developers, “Our goal is to build a printing experience that enables any app (web, desktop, or mobile) on any device to print to any printer anywhere in the world.”

Applications submit print jobs to the service via the web-based common print dialog or API offered by the service. Google Cloud Print then sends the print job to the selected printer which the user has previously registered with the service. A new class of cloud-aware printers connects directly to the service and offers the best user experience. Legacy printers connect to the service via a proxy.

The technology to print to the cloud is still in early development and is not yet available in shipping products. Design docs have been published and related code checked into Chrome OS.

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4 thoughts on “Google Cloud Print

  1. Thomas Bougher

    Will Google Cloud Printing have the same challenge that developers of universal print drivers have experienced? That being, how to work around device specific capabilities such as auto duplexing or print resolution.

    How you would manage color through a cloud would be a question I would want an answer to as well.

    However if you read Google’s broader documentation you get a better sense of where they may be going.

    One has to wonder if all those folks at Starbucks working on their laptops will one day be printing through the Starbucks/Google Cloud. How will Google Cloud Print effect managed print services? And why wouldn’t a savvy print provider use existing cloud capabilities to accept print jobs as hubcast seems to already be doing?

  2. Bill Zivic

    So, will Starbucks customers simply be billed through their Starbucks account for cloud print services onsite on a, say, Oce copier? Great idea, bring it!

  3. Clint Bolte

    Cyrus Mistry, A Google Product Manager, gave a feature presentation at this week’s info 360: AIIM Conference in Philadelphia. Though he did not go into any detail about the Google Cloud Print concept per se, he was quite clear about this concept being one of many that will evolve from their collaborative/innovative approach to reinventing work in the 21st Century.

  4. Don Goldman

    Also shown at the On Demand/AIIP show in the HP booth was a demo of the cloud printing capability using a smart phone. This is the capability that FexEx Office (Kinkos) announced a few weeks ago. The promise is that if you need some documents printed while on the road you can find the nearest printer (machine/PSP) IP Address/Location and send the files through a hosted system (in the cloud) to be output. A sign of the App times.

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