The Mopria Alliance, a global non-profit organization chartered to drive industry-wide standards for mobile printing, reports today that Mopria mobile-print technology has reached a user adoption milestone, with more than 500 million installations and 300 million active users. Mopria print technology is designed to simplify printing from Android devices to more than 88 million certified printers.
The milestone comes on the heels of the recently announced Mopria Print Service 2.1, which brought support for Android 7.0 features to make mobile printing “even easier for users.” Also, in fourth-quarter 2016, Mopria announced the integration of the Mopria Print Library in the Samsung Print Service, providing Samsung Galaxy smart phone users the ability to more easily print content from their mobile devices.
“Reaching the milestone of 500 million installs is proof positive that mobile print is an essential need both at home and in today’s digital workplace,” said Greg Kuziej, chairman of the board at the Mopria Alliance. “And with trends like bring-your-own-device and distributed workplaces, we expect the demand for mobile printing to continue growth. Mopria is dedicated to making mobile printing easier for everyone.”
According to the Mopria Alliance, along with bring-your-own-device, changing workplace demographics also are fueling the rise of mobile printing. For example, an IDC study found that 65 percent of millennial and age 36-plus respondents said they “printed very frequently – every day or three to four times a week – in their office environments.” The study also found that millennials are twice as likely to print jobs that run from six to 15 pages in length, compared with the age 36-plus respondents, who print three to five pages.
“Being able to print from a mobile device is a critical part of work for people of all ages, around the globe,” said Tracey Koziol, senior vice president of Xerox’s Office Solutions Group. “The new standards set by Mopria and adopted by mobile vendors gives today’s users new power to set the page free, allowing them to manage their documents as intuitively as they use their apps.”
Since its launch, the Mopria Print Service has enabled printing on Android (4.4 or later) smartphones and tablets to Mopria-certified printers from 98 percent of worldwide printer manufacturers. Mopria allows users to print photos, Web pages and documents when their mobile devices are connected to Mopria-certified printers through a wireless network or using Wi-Fi Direct. Supported print settings include color or black-and-white, number of copies, duplex, paper size, page range, media type, and media orientation, and also provides features such as user authentication, accounting capabilities, and document stapling.
In the four years since the establishment of the Mopria Alliance by founders Canon, HP, Samsung, and Xerox, the Mopria Alliance has grown to 21 members, representing the worldwide printer business. In addition to the founding companies, the Mopria Alliance today includes Adobe, Konica Minolta, Qualcomm, Lexmark, Kyocera, Toshiba, Brother, Epson, Fuji Xerox, NEC, Pantum, Ricoh, YSoft, Avision, Sharp, Dell, and Primax.
The Mopria Alliance says it will continue to seek to make mobile printing easy, and will also expand its focus to standardizing cloud printing, scanning, security, and mobile device management (MDM), with the goal to make these solutions more accessible and easier to use for both consumer and business users.
The Mopria Print Service is available for download from Google Play for any Android 4.4 device or higher. For the latest list of Mopria certified printers and print accessories, visit the Morpia Alliance here. The latest Mopria software may also be download at Google Play here.
- January 2017: Samsung Enabling Mobile Printing for Android Users with New Mopria Certification
- June 2016: New Mopria Print Service 2.0 Provides User Authentication, More, for Android-Printing to Mopria-Certified Printers and MFPs
- February 2014: HP Launches First Mopria-Certified Printer for Mobile Printing with Easy Android Printing
- February 2014: Mopria Mobile-Printing Alliance Says Mopria-Certified Printers on the Way; Adds Many New Members
- September 2013: Canon, HP, Samsung, and Xerox Form Mopria Alliance to Develop Better, Simpler Mobile Printing