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MotoPrint Maybe Headed to Android by End of Year

Motorola showed off one of its new apps this week at CTIA called MotoPrint, which does exactly what it sounds like it should do.  It will be headed to the Android Market hopefully by the end of the year allowiong Motorola phones to print almost anything to local-area printers.  The app apparently has a pretty basic UI, but gets the job done by providing you with a list of printers on your network giving users the ability to print things like Microsoft Office documents, PDFs, and graphics.  It also has a cool Google maps-styled campus view of printers in your building.  Nice.

Via:  PCMag

  • Charlie

    I have used PrinterShare (a couple times) and it prints whatever I want fairly easily. I have not yet uninstalled, as I have no real complaints. But… I also use RoboPrint, and use it more often. It too, prints anything I can throw at it, and it will send it to any printer, any where, on network or not. Free and $3.99 versions. Developer (Jason) responds to queries and suggestions quickly. (He's no Fede, but quick just the same!)

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Can this unlock the bootloader? If no, then I'm not interested. {{-_-}}

  • Dellbx

    I just wish Moto would just find the time to cook up a patch for their botched Droid X Froyo upgrade

  • z32589

    I apologize that this is off-topic, but I am so frustrated that I must say something.

    I am very upset with recent news that the G2 from HTC (as well as phones from other carriers that start with “M”) are being so heavily locked down. It is getting to the point where the “open” Android system that Google lured us into is being displaced with the usual close-ended American Wireless infrastructure. It is a shame to see this happening because, with the advent of Android, I think all users in this country were excited to see the possibility of a more open, “European-style” cellular structure. Surely, this is how Google played the game at the beginning of Android's life, and even now they are still touting that Android is “Android is free and open” (from a PCMag interview with Andy Rubin on 10/8).

    Let's be real here people, the more the end-user is blocked from making customizations to the data system (in this case, cell phones) the growth of mobile communication is bound to be restricted. Users who purchase mobile devices purchase them – the carrier does NOT own your phone – they own your service, but the phone is yours. While the argument can be made that the carrier has a right to support WHAT devices they host on the network you still have to consider the individual choices of the end user.

    Android will always be an open operating system in the sense that carriers and developers have access to certain pieces of code in order to grow the system. But “certain” is the key word. You can't call a box open if only one of the flaps is up – that's only 1/2 open! And that is where Android is going – a 1/2 open system where only certain parts of the system can be modified. Not to sound naive – but that's called LYING.

    HTC, Motorola, Google – listen up! Stop lying to us – stop setting the wireless industry back another 10 years by locking people out of their phones. In a recent press release from HTC regarding the G2's re-write system to protect root, the presser read “There is a small subset of highly technical users who may want to modify and re-engineer their devices at the code level.” Well – if there is such a small “subset” what is HTC worried about?

    Manufacturers, carriers, stop hiding behind this “we just want to protect our users from disabling their phones” nonsense – we all know that's the PR spin for “we want to control you, we want your money, and – hey! – we can so we will!”

    There are certainly many positive aspects to the American Wireless Telecom Industry, however, when it comes to something as revolutionary as Android, I don't think we should mess around with success. Let's remember – the Droid became popular because the “small” rooting community kept it alive (and keeps it alive) well past a phone's usual “popularity run.”

    I hereby issue a call to Google, HTC, and Wireless carriers to stand up for a truly open mobile system and not hide behind corporate dollar signs and board meeting. Users – whether they know it or not – want a high level of transactional interactivity with their devices. THAT is the future of mobile technology – it's about time you faced the facts.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    bring it on

  • 1bad69z28

    Very nice this can really come in handy while on business trips and conferences.

  • The350zWolf

    I can certainly use this for work!

  • Philw1956

    PrinterShare in the market already does this. I use it all the time.

    • GreenMeansGo

      HP iPrint Photo in the market is also a good solution if you specifically want to print photos from your phone to an HP printer. I have both the HP app and PrinterShare installed, but I use PrinterShare more often because it prints more than just photos and is compatible with more than just HP printers.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      $5!!! no thanks

      • Philw1956

        Try the free version.

    • Kelly

      I love PrinterShare, I use it constantly and it works wonderfully!

    • Rover69

      This. PrinterShare is as easy as it gets.

  • El El Kool J

    this is a nice lil app.. can actually print alot of work docs right from the phone.. I think I like!!

  • Rain_king46

    This is a great idea. I was just looking to see if I could print from my DX last week

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Rose/100000483772011 Aaron Rose

    Interesting. Has anyone seen this method of uploading to dropbox, and having a computer on your network scanning a dropbox folder (basically using it as a print queue)?

    http://www.labnol.org/internet/print-from-mobile-phones/17827/

  • bravoleader2

    That would be very useful

  • Doolidg

    1.0st

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