Mobile devices have outsold PCs by a very lopsided margin of late, as more and more users become increasingly comfortable with the smaller screens, and the devices themselves perform better and are more capable than ever before. As the result, printer makers have developed and are beginning to embrace several new (and not-so-new) protocols for printing from and scanning to mobile devices—everything from simple cloud sites, to protocols that allow you to print without routers, or even print by simply touching the mobile device to a hotspot on the printer itself.
If you (or if you plan or would like to) do more with your mobile device (such as, say, that beautiful iPad you got for Christmas), or perhaps your team members need to print from their smartphones on the road, here are the latest mobile connectivity features and what they do. Chances are, your next printer will interact with mobile devices via at least one of the following options:
- Apple AirPrint
- Google Cloud Print
- Print Apps
- Printing Via Email
- Near-Field Communication (NFC)
- Wi-Fi Direct
Read the entire article at About.com.