Who even brings a camera places anymore? For the most part, the smart phones that we use have cameras on them that are better than most digitals. Though this is certainly not good for the camera industry, it is cool knowing a high-quality picture can be taken in a moment’s notice. The most notable reason to continue using a dedicated camera is for picture printing and sharing, however, those capabilities are now in our pockets.
In an attempt by the printer industry to keep users printing regularly, innovative applications have been designed to allow users to print directly from handheld devices, including smart phones and tablets. This means, you can take a picture with your phone and use the downloaded application to send that image directly to the printer, and have a color hard copy in minutes. This is also true for PDF files, emails and web pages.
Most of these applications will work with iPhone, Blackberry and Android operating systems. Once downloaded, it will automatically scan the network for the printer. Once connected, printing to it will be as simple as touching a button, as long as you are within range. If you are an hour away at a concert and you take a picture of the stage then try to print it, do not expect that image to be sitting on your printer when you get home. Just like any network, there is a limited range.
Printing from mobile devices is a new technology, but it is sweeping the country. As tablet and smart phone sales continue to skyrocket, mobile printing applications are growing in popularity. In a recent study, it was determined that tablet owners actually print more than non-tablet owners, which is a testament to this technology. Using your handheld device to print high-quality images and documents will eventually be the standard in every office and household.