Last April, Google announced their plans for Google Cloud Print (GCP), the service that powers printing on Chromebooks as well as a new generation of connected apps and devices. The goal of GCP is to enable simple, secure printing from any app on any device to any printerâ€”and with the latest cloud-ready printers, you can also print without using drivers or cables.
Since launching earlier this year,a vast community of enthusiastic users and developers became part of GCP. More than 6 million printers have already been connected to GCP using Google Chrome; dozens of cloud-ready printers have been released or announced by manufacturers like Epson, HP and Kodak; and the developer community has released a flurry of apps and extensions to enable cloud printing from both Android and iOS.
While developers and printer manufacturers have embraced GCP, we’ve also released a variety of improvements to the service. You can now share and control access to your printers so your friends and family can use them too. With â€œSave to Google Docs,â€ itâ€™s easy to save your online receipts and confirmation pages to an archive in the cloud. The management page has a new tablet-friendly design and a â€œPrintâ€ button so you can upload and print files to your cloud printers from anywhere.
Finally, webmasters can add the print button element to their site to enable printing functionality for tablets and mobile phones.
People with Chromebooks have always had access to the latest and greatest Google Cloud Print features, but today google starting with the latest release of Chrome, anyone using the browser on Windows, Mac and Linux will be able to print any webpage to Google Cloud Print. Theyâ€™ve also turned on print preview for Chromebooks, so youâ€™ll get the same familiar experience wherever you use Chrome.
In the coming months, google will enable GCP from more Google products and work with partners to add more printers and printing services. Happy printing!
Google will kill off Google Wave, they told in a blog post. It was a technically very inspiring web app which, however, arrived without any particular and clear use case. This caused not only interface usability problems (Wave was good at allowing you to do a lot of things at once, but it often wasnâ€™t really good at anything in particular, e.g. plain chat when needed). It also caused social frictions as people were using the tool with different, colliding expectations.
Google is always obsessed with speed. Their mantra is faster = better. This is true for their Google Voice mobile apps as well. When you want to make a call, your phone should connect you as quickly as possible, whether youâ€™re calling via Google Voice or not.
Today they are launching an enhancement to the Google Voice mobile app on Android and Blackberry phones, which makes placing calls much faster. They call this feature â€œdirect access numbers.â€ Hereâ€™s how it works:
Thereâ€™s an old saying that all news is local. But all news is personal tooâ€”we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors. Yesterday Google revamped the Google News homepage with several changes designed to make the news that you see more relevant to you. They also trying to better highlight interesting stories you didnâ€™t know existed and to make it easier for you to share stories through social networks.ï»¿
From text that is too small to read, to user interfaces that do not offer keyboard navigation options, users with special needs face a lot of challenges when trying to access websites they are interested in. Google Chrome team believe that extensions can complement the work the team isÂ doing to make Google Chrome more accessible and can help users with disabilities turn the web from an often unwelcoming place to an environment they can truly enjoy.
In Google’s most recent stable release of Google Chrome, they talked about beta-testing Adobe Flash Player integration into Chrome. They’ve enable this integration by default in the stable channel of Chrome. To read more about this integration, check out the Chromium blog.
In testing Flash Player integration into Chrome, the Chrome team admittedly spent many, many fun hours with a few of our favorite Flash-based indie games. So as a side project, they teamed up with a few creative folks to build Chrome FastBall, a Flash-based game built on top of the YouTube platform.
Last week, Google announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments. Today they’re also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files youâ€™ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.
A little over a year ago, Google released an early preview of Google Voice, Google’s web-based platform for managing your communications. Google introducedÂ one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and moreâ€”the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, they are excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.
School is out for the summer, and that means itâ€™s time for some swimsuit shopping, travel purchases andâ€”before we know itâ€”buying back-to-school supplies.
To help retail sites get ready for the summer shopping season, Today Google launched Google Commerce Search 2.0 for retailers in the United States and United Kingdom. The new version of Google Commerce Search provides a better experience online for shoppers and greater controlâ€”with immediate ROIâ€”for retailers.