With the launch of iPad, the question of taking a print-out from a wireless device has been raised, once again. Though, we are familiar of taking print-outs by using a notebook, desktop and laptop with the help of drivers and cables. However, in this wireless age of tablets, the need of wires and cables to connect to a peripheral device like printers has vanished.
Google has come up with a solution to this problem, as it has recently announced a new concept named as Cloud Print. The Cloud Print is a part of the Chromium and Chromium OS projects. With the help of Cloud Print applications can print to any printer wirelessly. This means that any application like mobile applications, desktop applications and web applications from devices like BlackBerry, Windows machines, Macs, or even the iPad can print to any printer on a wireless network. Also the new operating system from Google named as Google Chrome OS will use Google Cloud Printing. Google has also confirmed that neither there is a print stack nor there are any printer drivers on Google Chrome OS.
The devices like BlackBerry, Windows machines and Macs will use a Web based API to communicate directly with cloud-ware printers and send signals to a proxy server in order to communicate with “legacy” printers. Google confirmed that it has already started the development of the software for Windows that will perform this function. Google also confirmed that later on this year the software will also support Mac and Linux.
Though the project is still in its early stages, Google has made the existing code and documentation open to the public. To use the Google’s Cloud Print technology, users will have to associate their printers with their Google logins.