Infotech Lead America: HP has introduced a new print offering built within select Samsung devices to make on-demand, customized printing possible from virtually anywhere, using more than 180 HP network printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet portfolios.
The new solution from HP and Samsung is embedded and requires no setup, tools, drivers or network configurations to be adjusted on the phone.
The print offering provides advanced printer settings and options including but not limited to duplex printing, color, orientation and paper type.
Other convenient print options available to the user are number of copies, paper size, orientation, paper type, color mode, double-sided printing and job completion status.
Users can print either by automatically connecting their Samsung mobile device and HP printer on the same local network via Wi-Fi, or by using HP technology via wireless direct print.
The built-in print button will be available on many applications of the Samsung mobile devices. These include Email Client, Android Browser, Photo Gallery, Contacts, S Note and Polaris Office.
Print functionality will be supported with the upcoming release of the Samsung GALAXY S 4. It will be available later this year as a firmware upgrade in time for the Samsung GALAXY S III and Note II, to enable built-in, wireless printing compatibility.
The Samsung print solution is HP’s latest feature for its mobile print portfolio that also includes HP ePrint. The print solution is compatible with nearly 200 HP printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet printer portfolios.
HP’s First Quarter Fiscal 2013 segment results showed that its printing revenue declined 5 percent year over year. With no new wi-fi printing offerings in the market currently, it is to be seen whether HP’s new solution will offer redemption.
Last year HP introduced web-connected, entry-level printing solutions for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) students and professionals and announced the second generation of its free web service for AEC professionals, HP Designjet ePrint & Share, which makes it easy to access and print large-format documents using an iOS or Android tablet or smartphone, a laptop or ePrinter touch screen.