HP and Samsung launch new mobile print capability

HP has unveiled a new print offering built within select Samsung devices that provides users with an easy way to print directly to more than 180 HP network printer models across the company’s inkjet and HP LaserJet portfolios. The collaboration, says HP, demonstrates its continued investment in the mobile printing space by satisfying a common need for today’s mobile user – on-demand, customized printing from virtually anywhere.

Different from current mobile printing apps on the market, the new embedded solution from HP and Samsung requires no setup, tools, drivers or network configurations to adjust on the phone. In addition, it’s one of the only solutions to offer sophisticated printer settings and options that include duplex printing, colour, orientation and paper type.

Print functionality will be supported with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and will be available later this year as an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II, enabling built-in, wireless printing compatibility. Users can print in two ways – 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.

“Customers continue to look for ways to print from their smartphones and tablets,” said Stephen Nigro, Senior VP, Inkjet and Printing Solutions and Graphics Solutions Business, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP. “This partnership with Samsung is the latest example of how HP is making it easy to print what you want from wherever you are.” The Samsung print solution is HP’s latest feature for its mobile print portfolio that also includes HP ePrint.

It works in three simple steps. First, choose a document, photo or web page. Second, select a printer (either on Wi-Fi or directly). And third, hit “print.” The embedded solution also offers additional, convenient print options for the user, including number of copies, paper size, orientation, paper type, colour mode, double-sided printing and job completion status. The built-in print button will be available on many applications of the Samsung mobile devices, including Email Client, Android Browser, Photo Gallery, Contacts, S Note and Polaris Office.