Google Cloud Print is a service that will eventually let you send print jobs from Google Chrome OS to any supported, web-connected printer. The idea is that you won’t need to connect any cables or install any drivers. You’ll just be able to hit the print button and print a web page, document, or picture on any printer that you’ve linked to your account.

It’s not entirely ready to go yet, but Lee Mathews noticed that Google has started adding Cloud Print code to pre-release builds of Google Chrome OS. If you hit Ctrl+P or select the print option from the tools menu, you should see a box that would let you select a printer — if you had any printers available. But since the Cloud Print protocol isn’t out in the wild yet, the odds of finding a compatible printer are pretty poor.

Still, cloud Print could open up some exciting possibilities. For instance, you might be able to print documents from a smartphone using nothing but your Google Android web browser. After all, the Android browser and Chrome OS are based on similar code.

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4 replies on “Google Cloud Print integration finds it way into Chrome OS”

  1. the engine powering both browsers may be the same, but the surrounding code is different. And google print sounds like yet another way for google to get someone to hand their life over to them.

    1. So basically you are anti-Cloud? Because unless you keep everything locally there is no way to avoid handing your life over to ‘them’, whoever them might be.
      A better approach might be to say you just don’t like Google and won’t entrust your data with them. It’s easy to accept that decision / point of view.

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