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Everything You Need to Know About the End of Google Cloud Printing

Printers play an important role in different fields of work. It is commonly used to print reports, pictures, data, photocopying and so much more. Imagine life without a printer, it might be impossible to visualize things/we would not have reading materials such as newspapers, catalogs, flyers, etc. It is a useful tool that makes work easier in a convenient way that only requires a short amount of time and patience. As time went by, technology evolved, different applications were used and several platforms were made. In 2010, Cloud Print was introduced by Google which made solutions for those struggling and experiencing printing errors that are affected by different factors. Using this kind of method for printing is much more convenient than using a manual printer device. It allows users to print faster because it requires a short amount of time, less effort for installation and operating,  and is cost-effective. However, In 2020 Google announced the sudden end of Google cloud printing.

What is Google cloud printing?

The year 2011 when to google developed and launched the Chromebook with special features, they created machines in the browser for fast set up,  protection purpose for any computer viruses and software updates at an inexpensive cost, and contained features such as the cloud print; it can be done through the use of WI-FI or a wired network directly to the printer with no need for hassle and time-consuming printer installation with old modeled CD hardware. Cloud print made it possible and easier to print files or documents from your device to the printer. Cloud print was made as a solution for printing from the Chrome Operating System. Chrome OS is software designed by Google. In 2011, Cloud print had a preview release. The main purpose of using Cloud print is to allow users to print from any connected devices through mobile phones, desktop devices, or web users by sending data files to a printer that is connected to the internet regardless of the distance. With the use of Cloud Print, you can print from any device as long as it is connected to the internet. It means that, whether you are in the United States you can print files and documents to your printer located in Morocco with the use of Google cloud print with just a click. Not just that, even the process can be monitored through Google cloud print queue operated by google servers. Unlike the old modeled hardware where you need to monitor the printer if it is processing properly with Google cloud print no need to waste time for actual monitoring, you can not monitor it through the device connected or logged into your Google account. The Google Cloud Printing process is convenient and requires less effort and can be processed within a seconds. The printing process still operates whenever you are and of course using cloud print is an advantage in terms of cost and maintenance. Less effort and cost mean problems are solved.

End of Google Cloud printing

Despite its convenience to use, huge contribution and service to consumers google announced the shutdown as the end of Google Cloud print. In 2020, Google announced the discontinuation of Good Cloud Print. In this case, all the devices connected to Google cloud print will no longer operate. The reason for this matter is not yet revealed but they highly recommend using alternative software for printing and provide several options for printing matters just like Google Cloud Print. Option includes the use of native printing or use of CUPS. This news greatly affects consumers who benefit from the convenient service of Google Cloud print. Google Cloud Print will be sent to Google graveyard where all shutdown software is placed. 

Alternative Print Solution

  • Common Unix Printing System (CUPS)

Google developed Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) as an exchange to Google cloud print. It is a modern system for printing that allows printing from device to compatible printer.

  • Printer Vendor Apps in the Chrome Store

This option works if CUPS is not working on your device. 

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