Samsung Previews New Cloud-Printing App with 'Call to Print,' New NFC Printers
At the CeBIT 2014 expo being held in Hannover, Germany, Samsung previewed a new secure cloud-printing solution, Samsung Cloud Print app, as well as two new printers with “touch-to-print” NFC (Near Field Communications) mobile printing.
Samsung’s Cloud Print app is targeted at small and mid-size businesses (SMBs), and is designed for mobile printing both in and out of the office. It’s designed to work with Samsung NFC-enabled printers, which currently consist of Samsung Xpress-brand printers.
The Samsung Cloud Print app can be used to pair (connect) to up to 20 Samsung NFC printers simultaneously – the user then chooses which printer to print to, and/or send scheduled print jobs to. The app also allows users to automatically register other users for printing just by using the smartphone’s phone number.
Samsung claims that this cloud-printing solution is more secure compared to those from competitors. The app encrypts user data sent from the mobile device to the and from printer with the help of Samsung’s Knox security service that has been updated with “enhanced security.” The mobile device doesn’t have to be Knox-compatible; Samsung KNOX is an Android-based solution specifically designed to enhance security of the current open-source Android platform. The app also provides device and toner and paper status.
For the Android OS, Cloud Print app will be available in June 2013, while the Apple iOS app will launch in the second half of the year. Samsung will also make the app for Microsoft Windows Phones. The Cloud Print app for Android will be available at the Google Play Store as well as at the Samsung Apps store.
Xpress C1860 and Xpress M2885 NFC Printers
Samsung also previewed the new laser-baserd Xpress C1860 and mono Xpress M2885, both of which will be available as either standalone printers or MFPs, and both are A4-size devices (print and scan on up to 8.5″x14″). Samsung rates the new models at 28 (black)/18 (color) ppm. The MFP configurations will have print, copy, and scan. The Xpress C1860 is equipped with two processors and 256 MB of memory, while the Xpress M2885 is equipped with a 600 MHz CPU and 128 MB of memory. The new printers and MFPs are scheduled to launch next month.
Both printers feature NFC touch-to-print mobile printing, as well as Samsung’s Mobile Print app for printing from Android and iOS.