Google Cloud Print is the cool beta service we all know and love for over-the-air printing. We’ve come to accept it as part of our day-to-day printing lives on our desktops but what about our Android phones and tablets? When do they get a turn?
In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of the Google Cloud Print-compatible apps available for Android so you can get printing literally wherever in the world you are. If you haven’t got Google Cloud Print setup or are left wondering what it actually does, be sure to check out Getting Started with Google Cloud Print on Tuts+.
Cloud Print is Google’s official Google Cloud Print app for Android. With the app on any supported, compatible Android handset, you can submit new print jobs and track the status of existing ones in a similar manner to the Google Cloud Print web app.
With the app installed, you can also directly “share” documents and images from other apps’ action menus to automatically add them to your Cloud Print queue.
Similarily named but significantly unofficial, Cloud Print was one of the first apps to support Google Cloud Print when it launched. Even though you might be instantly tempted by the official Google app, the third-party Cloud Print offers a wide featureset that includes a full internal file browsing for locating new potential print jobs.
Overall, Cloud Print offers an intuitive and visual way of locating new online and local documents to print and tracking their progress until they hit the real world and come out your printer.
PrinterShare is a remote printing app that works directly with a majority of nearby WiFi or Bluetooth-enabled printers, as well as with Google Cloud Print-registered printers providing a great option for those who want to manage both local and remote print jobs.
PrinterShare supports printing from many sources, including from local files, the web, Gmail and Google Drive. These jobs can be very easily manipulated by convenient changing of options in-app, including margin size, orientation and size.
Easy Print is another all-in-one Google Cloud Print solution which provides tools for finding and submitting print jobs, tracking their progress and managing your registered printer hardware. Easy Print has the welcome option of using multiple Google accounts simultaneously, so you can easily work with multiple settings and machines.
Google Drive for Android is Google’s official client for its cloud-based file and document storage service which primarily allows users to create and edit documents, upload files and manage their cloud storage. The app comes with built-in, native Google Cloud Print support so submitting jobs from Google Drive is straightforward and doesn’t require the use of an external application.
Like Google Drive, Chrome — a Made by Google browser for Android — fully supports native printing through the Google Cloud Print service, without the need for any external apps to interface the two. Chrome allows straightforward and intuitive printing of any webpage you’ve loaded up, so printing from the web, on the go, is no issue.
If you work with PDFs often, you’ve probably already got many reasons to love Adobe Reader for Android. One of them should definitely be Google Cloud Print integration, which the app uses to submit your saved PDFs — stored locally on the device or with Acrobat.com — as print jobs with the service. It’s as easy as loading up your PDF and selecting Google Cloud Print from the Share menu.
That’s a brief look at some of the most popular Google Cloud Print-supported apps, both core apps that support the service and ones dedicated to file browsing and job submission. If you use an app with Google Cloud Print integration not featured in this list, be sure to share your experience in the comments section!