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How-To #34: Printing From Android Devices

*updated* 12/17/2011 - check out Google Count Print!

Now that your Android tablet or phone has become the primary device for viewing emails, surfing websites, and working with documents, printing those media certainly becomes a bit more challenging. Previously, Android printing consists of you sending the document or website to a PC connected to the printer on your network. This means that not only do you have to walk to your PC; you would have to turn it on, download the document, and initiate the printing process. Sounds like a big inconvenience?

Luckily, there is an app that provides an easy to use solution for all your Android printing needs. With PrintBot, you can directly print your photos, pdfs, websites, sms, and emails from your Android device using the local WiFi network. Here is how the whole process works explained directly from the developers: “Your document is sent to our render server farm, together with information about your printer. Our server processes the document and sends back a version in the language of your printer. Your Android device (phone or tablet) sends this processed version to your printer via your local network.”

PrintBot support more than 2700 printers from common household brands such as HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark, and Brother, which uses driver data directly from their servers, so little memory used on your Android device. There are two version of the app: 1) Free – Has a 3 page pdf printing cap per print session 2) Paid – Cost about $5 and has unlimited printing.

They also have a workaround for those printers not connected to the network. Read it here.


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