Android late to the mobile printing game, says IDC

While Apple has integrated native print capabilities into iOS for some time, Android developers just recently took the step of adding the feature into their mobile operating system (OS), notes market research firm IDC.

With the influx of mobile devices in the enterprises, mobile printing capabilities are becoming a must have for mobile operating systems looking to expand their presence in the corporate market.  

"Integration of print subsystem in mobile OS architecture vastly simplifies the print workflow and print experience for users. The print landscape is experiencing dramatic change and the tighter integration of mobile print capabilities is a positive sign for the entire print industry," says Dinesh Srirangpatna, research manager for hardcopy industry transformation at IDC.

Some of the key features of an enterprise mobile print solution include security, support for multiple mobile OS platforms, complex topology and back-end integration, Srirangpatna says.

One effort to provide a common standard for mobile printing is the Mopria Alliance, which was formed by global tech companies such as Adobe, Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox.  The alliance has developed the Mopria mark so that users would know that their devices are mobile print ready.

The goals of the Mopria Alliance are to "drive selected standards adoption by mobile, printer and OS industry leaders, support mobile software application providers to deploy print functionality, develop innovations [and] experience standards in the interaction of mobile and print devices, certify products to carry the Mopria brand, [and] educate consumers and business customers about the ability to easily print from mobile devices."

According to a survey of 800 mobile device users conducted by IDC last year, mobile printing is increasing dramatically. IDC predicts that the number of pages printed from mobile devices will increase at a 12 percent compound annual growth rate through 2016.

For more:
- check out the IDC release
- see the Mopria Alliance website
- check out the IDC survey results

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