The very first generation of Google Cloud Print-ready printers have been loaded onto the trucks, and are en route to your local gadget shop. HP calls the technology ePrint, and it’s found on its range of Photosmart, Officejet, and LaserJet Pro printers.
You probably don’t need to be reminded about what Google Cloud Print can do, but a brief primer won’t take up too much of your time. The idea is simple, but mighty powerful, and leverages the power of the cloud. Using any number of Google’s Cloud-capable apps, including Gmail Mobile and Google Docs Mobile, users can directly print to a printer. No longer do you have to attach a document to an email from your phone, walk over to your desktop or laptop, log into your Gmail, download the attachment, and then print. Nope, just print directly from the phone. Of course, the printer could be in the next room or the next state; the Cloud doesn’t discriminate. (Google says it’s hard at work expanding Cloud Print to other applications, so expect to see it pretty much everywhere in the future.)
This generation of HP printers is the first that doesn’t require any special setup to be able to use Google Cloud Print. Just plug it in and off you go.