Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing

Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing

Print from any device, anywhere!

Google Cloud Print is a cloud based printing service from Google that lets people print from anywhere from any device. Google Cloud Print enabled multifunctional printers link to the service and can be shared amongst other Google accounts holders.

Unlike Apple AirPrint, which is specific to iPhones and iPads, users can print to Google Cloud Print printers from virtually all devices and operating systems.

Because the service is cloud based, and the printer is registered directly to it, users can print from any location either within or outside the office. In terms of versatility, Google Cloud Print is regarded as having the advantage over Apple AirPrint.

Advantages of Google Cloud Print for Small Businesses

Advantages of Google Cloud Print for Small Businesses

  • Print from Chrome browser (mobile or desktop) or Chromebook device
  • Print from iPhone or iPad with a Google Cloud Print enabling app
  • Print via Via Android phone or tablet device with a Google Cloud Print enabling app
  • Print via Google applications, such as Drive, Docs, Gmail on all platforms
  • Print from Windows or Mac desktop using the Cloud Printer app

Limitations of Google Cloud Print for Small Businesses

Limitations of Google Cloud Print for Small Businesses

Using Google Cloud Print is an excellent way to enable multiple devices, including Apple & Android, to print to your multifunctional printers. This certainly gives it some advantages over AirPrint, which only works with Apple devices. But as a relatively new and free service it does lack many of the features of enterprise mobile printing solutions.

  • Very basic user management: There are no ways to limit usage. Users are able to print in colour and print unlimited pages.
  • Very basic reporting: Only includes – the name of the document, when it was printed, by whom and on what printer. There is no information about number of pages and whether they were in colour or mono; making cost recovery and tracking impossible.
  • No secure release or hold print: When users press print their job is printed immediately. While this may work well in the office, for users printing remotely it can lead to wastage and confidential documents accidentally being printed and seen.

Many of these limitations can be overcome with Mobile Enterprise Printing and Google Cloud Print for Enterprise.

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