Similar to Apple’s AirPrint and HP’s line of ePrint printers, Cloud Print is designed to help users print from multiple locations or devices without having to worry about setting up a printer or installing drivers.
Google Chrome gained Cloud Print support back in December. Right now, a computer running Windows is required for the initial setup; however, Google says that support for Mac and Linux is coming soon.
After connecting a printer to Google Cloud Print, users who access gmail.com from iOS or Android will be able to print messages or attachments directly from their device. Supported document types include *.PDF and *.DOC files.
The neat thing about Google Cloud Print is that you can send documents to a printer even if you are in another location or not directly connected to the local network. That means that if you want to print some files on your home printer but are at the office or in the car, you can still initialize the print job from your phone.
If your computer is online, the job will process through without your intervention. If the printer is unreachable, Google will add the item to your print queue and it will be printed as soon as the device comes back online.
On the Gmail blog, Google says that Google Cloud Print for mobile Gmail will be rolled out in U.S. English over the next few days.
We hope Google releases an API for Cloud Print so that third-party mobile apps and websites can add support for this cool service.