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Google envisions Cloud Print for Chrome OS, mobile

updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri April 16, 2010

Google wants printing over Internet

Google today addressed a common problem of portable devices by previewing a technology that would allow them to print anywhere. Cloud Print would use the typical printing option in an app but send the job to an Internet service that would in turn talk to an Internet-aware printer or one put through a proxy. As long as the printer is registered, a user could always print out a document even when well away from the home network.

The programming interface being developed would permit two-way communication and could report the print status back much like a nearby printer.

Development remains early and includes just some basic code for both the Chromium web browser and the Chromium OS platform. Google however stresses that it wouldn't be software-specific and would be ideally targeted at all computers and mobile devices, including smartphones.

Printing has been a particular issue both for the web-app-only Chrome/Chromium OS project as well as for tablets like the iPad, as both either don't have the regular software drivers available for printing or lack the physical ports needed to connect directly. Cloud Print would still need a basic printing dialog but could avoid most of the requirements that come with printers.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +2

    I wonder if google keeps copy

    I wonder if Google keeps a copy of everything you print?

  1. Appleman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2001

    -1

    Sci-fi?

    What is so "wow" about this? I can do this now as well: me in Colombia printing to the printer @ home in France, knowing my wife is sitting next to the printer and get scared like h*** :D

  1. cmoney

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    Joined: Sep 2000

    +3

    Ridonkulous

    If there were ever an example of why web-only computing is ridiculous, it's this. Send a print job through a router, out to a cloud, back through the router and finally to the printer that's sitting next to my Chrome OS netbook.

    This is also a prime example of Google engineers being pure engineers.

  1. c4rlob

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    Joined: May 2009

    -1

    Over-complicated

    This truly seems too complicated a process for something that could be solved by email. Simply email any standard file to a printer's inbox for it to print out. Done. I'm pretty sure printers are capable of this now, right?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    People Don't get it


    If there were ever an example of why web-only computing is ridiculous, it's this. Send a print job through a router, out to a cloud, back through the router and finally to the printer that's sitting next to my Chrome OS netbook.

    This is also a prime example of Google engineers being pure engineers.


    It isn't about you and your Chrome OS netbook talking to your printer. It's you printing from your netbook to someone else's printer next to your netbook, without you needing to connect to the local network, attach to the printer, install drivers, etc, etc, etc. Assuming you even can get the drivers.

    And, no, this isn't engineers being pure engineers. This is engineers trying to solve a common problem (h***, that's what the f'ing first sentence of the article above states). If it were so easy, it wouldn't be a common problem, would it?♠


    This truly seems too complicated a process for something that could be solved by email. Simply email any standard file to a printer's inbox for it to print out. Done. I'm pretty sure printers are capable of this now, right?


    And how many printers have email support? I don't know of any (then again, I don't print much).

    And what is a 'standard file' that you are sending? Are you emailing the PCL or PS code directly to the printer? Will the printer also need a PDF, Word, Excel, and other document translators?

    This, in theory, would allow you to just print the document, have it leave your computer, and go to the printer (just as if it were any other network printer you print to). How is that 'complicated'?

  1. Gametes

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    Joined: Sep 2000

    0

    Red Box for Printing

    Correct, this is about standing in the middle of downtown LA, hitting "Print" on your phone, and having a list of the 5 printers within 50 yards of you show up on your screen, including 2 at starbucks, 1 at some geek's house, 1 at the local kinkos, and - most importantly - 1 at the automated printer booth on the corner of fig and 3rd. I'm envisioning printer booths where photo booths are now. I see an opportunity for the owners of "Red Box"...

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