Google has just announced that the beta version of Google Cloud Print will be coming to a wide range of smartphones over the next few days. This free service will enable users to print emails and documents from their mobile device.
Announced back in April, Google’s ambitious print service works on phones that support HTML5. This includes devices running Apple iOS 3+ or Google’s own Android 2.1+ (sorry Windows Phone 7 users, perhaps one day that update will come).
The service works like this:
- Connect printer to Google Cloud Print. At the moment, only Windows PCs are supported, but Google promises an update that will allow Mac and Linux users to connect to the Print Cloud in the not-too-distant future.
- Open a document with Google Docs or an e-mail in Gmail (certain kinds of e-mail attachments such as .PDF and .doc will also be supported).
- Select ‘Print’ from the dropdown menu.
- Retrieve the document from whatever printer was selected.
Users so far have encountered some bugs in the beta version, such as trouble viewing menus in landscape mode. Also, Google Cloud Print is English-only for the time being.
Brighthand will provide updates as Google tweaks the service.