Google Cloud Print service to let you print docs, emails from a mobile phone


Google is starting to roll out its Cloud Print service to mobile phones. What that means is that you’ll be able to open an email on your iOS or Android device, choose print from a drop-down menu, and send the message to a printer linked to your account — no USB cables or other wires required. Cloud Print will also support mobile document printing.

Google is bringing the feature first to English speaking users in the United States. Any phone with a browser that supports HTML5 should work, including phones running Android 2.1 and up or Apple devices running iOS 3.x and up.

In order to actually print a message or document, your printer will need to be connected to the Google Cloud Print service. Right now you’ll need a Windows PC with the Google Chrome web browser installed to set things up. If you try to send a print job to a printer that’s not online, the print job will just be queued up to start when your printer is online.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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