HP have just put released an announcement today regarding a partnership with Samsung on the Galaxy S4.
HP are promising a “no setup, tools, drivers, or network configurations to adjust,” and promise to offer a solution that will be one of the only of its type to access sophisticated printer settings like duplexing, color, orientation, and paper type.
Essentially Samsung are adding a built-in “print” button in a number of pre-installed Samsung apps on the S4.The feature will be supported by “nearly 200 HP printer models” from the inkjet and LaserJet lines.
The system will work either when both the printer and the Galaxy S4 are on the same Wi-Fi network, or by using “HP technology via wireless direct print” on select models.
Samsung has confirmed that this wireless print facility will be added to other Samsung devices soon – including the Note II and Galaxy S III.
An interesting point to note is just how popular the Samsung “S Series” of phones are when a 3rd party vendor is quick to announce that their device is compatible with a new phone that is just only hitting the shelves!
Here is the official HP press release:
HP and Samsung Launch New Mobile Print Offering… New Samsung GALAXY S 4 Can Easily Print Documents, Photos and Web Pages Directly to HP Printers
PALO ALTO, CA–(Marketwire – Mar 14, 2013) – HP today unveiled a new print offering built within select Samsung devices to provide users an easy way to print directly to more than 180 HP network printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet portfolios.
The collaboration demonstrates HP’s continued investment and leadership 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, making mobile printing effortless and convenient. In addition, the print offering is one of the only solutions to offer sophisticated printer settings and options that include duplex printing, color, orientation and paper type. By offering these capabilities and much more, this new mobile print enablement will make printing on the go easier, saving time for the mobile worker and beyond.
Print functionality will be supported with the upcoming release of the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and will be available later this year as a firmware 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.(1)
“Customers continue to look for ways to print from their smartphones and tablets,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, 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.
The built-in print solution works in three simple steps: choose a document, photo or web page(2); select a printer (either on Wi-Fi or directly); and hit print. The embedded solution also offers additional, convenient print options for the user, including number of copies, paper size, orientation, paper type, color mode, double-sided printing and job completion status.
Availability and support
The print solution is compatible with nearly 200 HP printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet printer portfolios.(3)
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.
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(1) Available on select models.
(2) Printable file formats include JPG, PNG, HTML, PDF and MS Office.
(3) Includes HP Deskjet, HP ENVY, HP Photosmart, HP Officejet, HP Officejet Pro, HP LaserJet Pro, HP Color LaserJet Pro, HP LaserJet Enterprise and HP Color LaserJet Enterprise.