HP Launches First Mopria-Certified Printer for Mobile Printing with Easy Android Printing
Designed for small to mid-size businesses (SMBs), the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M476 (starts at $529) meets Mopria global certification standards for simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, including Apple iOS, as well as Android 4.4 (this is the new Mopria plug-in for KitKat that enables printing from Android-based mobile devices to many brands of printers, and which will be available in March). With Mopria, users can send a print job to the M476 without having to use a separate app such as HP’s printer app. Users then select the print icon, and then select a wireless printer of choice.
The MFP also offers productivity and workflow solutions such as access to cloud business applications such as HP Flow CM Professional (available in the United States and Canada), for scanning to cloud-based document storage sites such as Box.net, and Google Drive. There’s also single-pass, two-sided scanning for converting hard copy into digital format, 3.5″ display, and the installed starter black, cyan, yellow, and magenta toner cartridges each yield up to 1,200 pages each.
For IT administrators, there’s also Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) that acts as an access control for guests, so that IT can set up user restrictions for scan, fax, and copy.
Current research from IDC indicates that by 2015, 41 percent of business smartphone users and 43 percent of business tablet users will print from their mobile devices. HP says its lineup of devices for SMBs and enterprises simplifies the way customers can print through near-field communications (NFC) touch-to-print capabilities, wireless direct printing, HP ePrint, and HP AirPrint. (NFC technology is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity. Touch-to-print technology requires an optional accessory in order to enable NFC functionality on HP devices.)
“The expectation of today’s business customer is to print securely from any location or device,” commented George Brasher, vice president and general manager for HP’s Worldwide Laser Printer Business. “HP remains committed to delivering simple, secured mobile print solutions aimed to help customers solve the mobility challenge of working while in the office or on the go. With the addition of these new enterprise-grade mobility offerings, HP is helping SMBs increase productivity and workflow solutions, allowing them to be more productive in their businesses.”
HP pioneered the mobile print category with HP ePrint, the industry’s first mobile print solution that works with any email capable device (with HP ePrint, users simply email the print job to the printer). Later, HP launched the first AirPrint-supported printers, enabling the first embedded print solution for Apple iOS devices. HP also was the first to offer mobile printing accessories that enable mobile printing for older printers.
More information about new HP imaging and printing devices and software solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/mfp.