There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of printing from a mobile device would have seemed like science fiction. Then came the smartphone - things would never be the same again.
As the wasteland of physical media wilted, green shoots of digital content flourished in the pockets of those with smartphones. The ease of consuming content on these devices became a staple of the business world and a need to print on-the-go quickly followed.
Perhaps we in the business sector have been the greatest of beneficiaries of the mobile print revolution. After all, in an age where businesses are no longer tied to desks, printing on-the-go allows us to:
Even so, whilst 60% of workers want to print from their mobile devices, many remain unclear as to where to start. New journeys can always be daunting but the road to mobile printing has in fact never been easier.
Here’s 5 mobile print tips to help you get started:
Wi-fi is like air - even though we can’t see it, we need it to survive. This is particularly the case in today’s competitive business climate.
The Wi-Fi Alliance makes it easy to breath life into your mobile print requirements with Wi-Fi Protected Setup. This is how it works:
AirPrint has been recently integrated into all version 4.2 or proceeding iOS devices. There’s no need to install any drivers with Apple AirPrint. Simply:
ePrint allows users of HP printers to print emails and attachments via a cloud-based mobile solution.
The administrator of the devices must initially assign the users, meaning only approved email addresses from staff members can print from mobiles.
Wi-Fi Direct is present in some new Samsung mobile phones. The way in which it works is pretty easy. A tag is simply embedded into one device and a transceiver into the other.
This enables the mobile and printer to speak to each other via radio frequency identification.
Xerox and its partners have packaged the Mobile Print Alliance into an instantly recognisable brand which goes by the name of Mopria.
Mopria allows mobile workers to download a driver or app to their device, pinpoint the printer in the location they are visiting and then map to it.