Canon Announces First Multifunctionals, Printer Certified for Mopria Mobile Printing
Laser Multifunction Printer
Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Canon U.S.A. reports that it’ll begin offering free firmware upgrades for four Canon imageCLASS laser MFPs and one PIXMA Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer that have received Mopria certification, allowing for simple and convenient printing from select mobile devices (see list here). The upgrades for the four imageCLASS all-in-ones will be made available in May 2014, while the upgrade for the PIXMA printer will be released in late June 2014.
The Mopria-certified Canon printer lineup includes the imageCLASS MF6180dw/MF6160dw and Color imageCLASS MF8580Cdw/MF8280Cw laser MFPs for home offices and small to mid-size businesses, and the PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer.
The upgrades allow for automatic detection of these Canon devices over a Wi-Fi connection from Mopria-certified smartphones, tablets, and other compatible mobile devices (see list here). Users can print documents and photos from these mobile devices by simply selecting a detected printer indicated on their device’s screen. So far the list of compatible mobile devices consist of HP Slate tablet PCs (HP Slate 7, 7 HD, 8 Pro, 10 HD, 10, 21, and Slatebook).
Mobile printing to date has required the installation of applications specific to each printer manufacturer or model. With the unified Mopria standard, users will be able to print through the same print procedure to Mopria-certified Canon devices, along with other certified devices. And, as the number of Mopria-certified printers increases, users will be able to easily print wirelessly from mobile devices from home, in the workplace or on the go.
Canon, as a founding member of the Mopria Alliance, is among the first companies to begin developing Mopria-certified products. It says it will continue its efforts to make printing as convenient as possible for users while enhancing its lineup of Mopria-certified products.
The Mopria Alliance, launched in September 2013 by Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung Electronics, and Xerox, is a non-profit organization of global technology companies with the shared goal of providing intuitively simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. The Mopria Alliance’s goal is to bring together the entire industry to drive selected standards adoption, support mobile software application providers to deploy print functionality in their applications, develop experience guidelines in the interaction of mobile and print devices, certify products that will carry the Mopria logo and educate consumers and business customers about the ability to easily print from mobile devices. Visit the Mopria Alliance here. for more information.