Google’s solution to give everyone printing support

Google today lifted the wraps on its upcoming web printing service, Google Cloud Print. Designed for their forthcoming Chrome OS but soon to be available for all platforms, Google Cloud Print will allow users to remotely print documents and other files to a printer connected to the Google cloud service.

Because all applications in Chrome OS are web apps, Google needed to design a system that would be as seamless and rich as possible. The Google Cloud Print service will provide the same set of features that native printing currently provides but without the need to install any local drivers. Google’s platform agnostic design will allow users to print directly from web, desktop, and mobile apps—regardless of operating system or device. 

Google states that their main goal for Google Cloud Print 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."

"This goal is accomplished through the use of a cloud print service. Apps no longer rely on the local operating system (and drivers) to print. Instead, as shown in the diagram below, apps (whether they be a native desktop/mobile app or a web app) use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. Google Cloud Print is then responsible for sending the print job to the appropriate printer, with the particular options the user selected, and providing job status to the app."

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I think it's brilliant. I support public schools, and the way I would like to implement this is have my own cloud server, not depend on google's cloud server. Managing printers is a huge hassle, even automating it with group policy and other methods. This has potential in my eyes.

Xenomorph said,
I'm looking forward to this. It would be VERY nice to be able to print from my iPhone.

And also to a printer that is no where near you. Interesting stuff.

If you need a reliable printing, its better to share a local printer over the internet so you can connect to it. There are several ways to do this and most are free and don't need other software.

I can't see the point of this right now...

Let's not forget that if you depend on the cloud for your printing needs, and your connection goes out for whatever reason wherever you are, you can't print anything. And let's face it, your connection WILL go out just when you need it most.

Meanwhile I can keep printing just fine with my local printer.

Wow, so many posts here from people that don't have a ****ing clue. The entire point of this is to allow ANY DEVICE to print to ANY PRINTER, ANYWHERE. Even devices that have no native support for the printer in question, or for that matter, no printing support at all, so long as it has an internet connection.
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So true, It means you can print from your iPhone or iPad, or any device that has network support. you could probably print certain items such EULA from gaming consoles with a bit of modding (or it could be included in future updates)
Good work google

Wow, so many posts here from people that don't have a ****ing clue. The entire point of this is to allow ANY DEVICE to print to ANY PRINTER, ANYWHERE. Even devices that have no native support for the printer in question, or for that matter, no printing support at all, so long as it has an internet connection.

roadwarrior said,
Wow, so many posts here from people that don't have a ****ing clue. The entire point of this is to allow ANY DEVICE to print to ANY PRINTER, ANYWHERE. Even devices that have no native support for the printer in question, or for that matter, no printing support at all, so long as it has an internet connection.

I don't think anyone is missing the concept. Many people just don't see a need for it, or don't believe it will ever be successful for any number of reasons.

These days, most every person in the developed world owns or has access to a computer and printer with internet, whether at home, work or a neighbor's house. Every printer on the market today supports Windows and OS X.

The various portable devices, tablets, iPhones, etc can all be connected to a computer via usb or bluetooth. Printing from there is usually very simple to do.

Therefore there's no need for a universal printing solution, especially one which depends entirely on hardware, software, and other infrastructure that's all completely out of the user's control.

Besides, we can do this right now without needing Chrome OS or cloud printing. Just email yourself with whatever you want to print. Then when you get home or to work, open your email and print it.

No need for Google or anyone else to reinvent the wheel.

I work at a local library and you'd be surprised at the amount of people that come in to write papers and/or print papers out. Believe it or not, there are still many many people that don't have computers.

Also, this could be a solution to printing off of an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android based phone, or any other smartphone for that matter, for example. All of which have no native printing support. There are a plethora of devices where this COULD be useful.

Sure, it's not needed in most situations but it does fill a void however small it may be.

Edited by DrDrrae, Apr 16 2010, 3:03am :

DrDrrae said,

Also, this could be a solution to printing off of an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android based phone, or any other smartphone for that matter, for example. All of which have no native printing support. There are a plethora of devices where this COULD be useful.

Thank you. Glad to see I'm not the only one here who understands that this isn't just about printing from computers, but from ANY device with internet capability.

...and really, who wants to have every bit go through google...not me. You mean to tell me that if a printer is next to me, its going to send the data up to the cloud only to have it come back down. Wow.

Edited by JohnCz, Apr 16 2010, 1:26am :

JohnCz said,
...and really, who wants to have every bit go through google...not me. You mean to tell me that if a printer is next to me, its going to send the data up to the cloud only to have it come back down. Wow.

You're missing the point. You will most probably be able to use your normal browser printing if you want to. This is for devices such as Chrome OS netbooks and tablets etc..

This is a really good idea me thinks

Edited by jonnytabpni, Apr 16 2010, 8:28am :

great news!!! finally i wont have to send my assignments to my inbox and print at school but just print from my bb

pielor said,
great news!!! finally i wont have to send my assignments to my inbox and print at school but just print from my bb

Actually, you probably will still need to do this. I don't see any schools supporting google cloud print..

Majesticmerc said,
*waits for first cloud virus that prints a giant A4 penis onto every printer in the world*

its funny, but it's actually going to happen.

Majesticmerc said,
*waits for first cloud virus that prints a giant A4 penis onto every printer in the world*

I cannot express in words how much I want this to happen.

Long live google cloud print!

bb10 said,
Cool! Now they can even spy on the documents/pictures you print.

With your printout, you'll also get printed some sponsored links related to what you are printing.