Google Cloud

Google cloud will connect your phone, and everything else, to your printer

April 20, 2010: 3:39 PM ET

Printing to the cloud means more than just kissing driver woes goodbye.

Google has a new solution for printing documents in Chrome OS and, by extension,  the rest of the web.  Instead of installing drivers on your computer for a particular model of printer, Google wants change the way you do your printing with Google Cloud Print.

The service would send print jobs inside the webpage to a Google (GOOG)  hosted server where it would then find the specified printer and translate the file to match its protocol.  Google plans to use open standards where possible and expects other third party Cloud printing services to emerge.  Interestingly, HP also has a Cloud printing service for mobile devices called CloudPrint.  It isn't clear to what extent these two services will overlap.


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