Paper enthusiasts once seemed a dying breed destined to recede into technology’s dank shadows, surrounded by unused reams of paper and tangled USB cables. Or so we thought. The fusion of wireless technology and printing has breathed new life and possibilities into the once-ossified concept of printing.
In a nod to this growing market, Canon today announced Google Cloud Print support for its PIXMA MG8220 and PIXMA MG6220 wireless all-in-one inkjet printers, with the PIXMA MX892 slated to provide the same support by May.
With Google Cloud Print, users can print from any computer or smartphone, regardless of where they are. Rather than having to plod through a cumbersome wireless setup process, Google Cloud Print-enabled printers work right out of the box. It’s an alluring idea in theory, so much so that Google predicts that most printers will eventually come Cloud Print-ready. HP made the first foray into this territory around the same time last year, when it introduced the first-generation of its Cloud-ready ePrint ?enabled printers to the market. With Canon’s announcement, Google’s prediction inches steadily closer to fruition.
According to Canon, the combination of PIXMA printers and Google Cloud Print will bring the once-elusive concept of a “seamless printing experience” tantalizingly close to reality. “In today’s world, we understand that consumers are always interested in additional connectivity options to print their important photos and documents,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon U.S.A.’s executive vice president and general manager of its Imaging Technologies Communications Group. With Google Cloud Print support, select PIXMA printers can be accessed via Gmail and Google Docs for mobile devices and the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome computers. Multiple compatible produces can also share the same PIXMA printer.
The full potential of Google Cloud Print has yet to be realized. PCMag’s hands-on testing of the beta version revealed a circuitous and clunky setup process. While it remains to be seen if Canon can iron out these kinks, paper loyalists ? and we all know one or two ? may soon be rewarded for their patience and will soon be unshackled, once and for all.
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