HP aims to make printing from Android devices much easier

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday launched a new multifunction printer that’s designed to make printing from mobile devices much easier. The HP LaserJet Pro 476 is the first Mopria certified printer. Mopria is a non-profit group of leading printer manufacturers such as Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox that have agreed to offer one mobile printer standard. With new members coming on board, Mopria will have 75 percent of the printer market covered. 

Hewlett-Packard wants to make wireless printing of documents from Android mobile devices as easy as tapping one button. The company on Tuesday announced a new wireless laser printer—the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476—which takes advantage of native printing support on mobile devices running the Android 4.4 operating system, code-named KitKat. The office printer, priced starting at US$529, is the first printer certified to take advantage of a plug-in developed by the Mopria alliance, which aims to makes wireless printing easier from smartphones and tablets with Android 4.4, said David Laing, director of innovation for LaserJet Enterprise Solutions at HP. The Mopria alliance has top printer firms such as Xerox, HP, Canon and Samsung as its members. More Mopria-certified devices will roll out in the future, Laing said.

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