Google Cloud Print Comes to Android, iPhone
Google is opening beta testing for Google Cloud Print via Android smartphones and Apple's iPhone. However, users need a Windows PC to try this out.Google Jan. 24 said it is bringing its Google Cloud Print beta to allow Android and iPhone smartphone users to print Google Docs documents and Gmail messages. Google Cloud Print is the company's solution to allow any application to print to any printer from any computing device without installing any software.
Google Cloud Print is a solution intended to enable printing via Google's Chrome Operating System, the Web-based OS coming on notebooks from Samsung and Acer later this year.
Odean said Linux and Mac support are coming soon. Google opened Google Cloud Print to users in the Chrome notebook pilot program, via the Cr-48 machine it gave out to thousands of users to test. Bloggers complained the solution was complicated to use, but Google has said it will continue to refine the product. If Google does get this right, it will change printing from being a tethered, painful practice to a more liberating experience that paves the way for greater hard copy portability in the Internet era.