Google has given a sneak peak of the future of printing by demonstrating its Google Cloud Print service, designed to allow users to print any document to any printer in the world using a desktop or a smartphone.
Essentially, the service will be used with devices running on Google's newly launched Chrome OS, which offers a web browser-based environment to users for accessing applications and other web services.
However, as Chrome OS is not yet available as standard on any currently released device, Google is set to roll-out the feature for Windows PC, with Linux and Mac support over the next few weeks.
“Additionally, with the proliferation of web-connected mobile devices such as those running Google Chrome OS and other mobile operating systems, we don't believe it is feasible to build and maintain complex print subsystems and print drivers for each platform,” Google said.
“Our goal is to build a printing experience that enables any app (web, desktop, or mobile) on any device to print to any printer anywhere in the world,” the company added.