New Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Mobile Printing for Ricoh Business-Class Printers and Multifunctionals

Ricoh Americas today releases a new application that makes its business-class printers and MFPs Google Cloud Print Ready, which eliminates the need for costly print servers, and, in particular, provides mobile printing from Google Chrome tablets, a popular mobile-printing application in many schools, where Google Chrome Book tablets are increasingly being used by students.

The new Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Web-printing services enables users to print from smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices without the need for expensive and time-consuming print servers and drivers. With Google Cloud Print, apps such as the new Ricoh app don’t rely on the local operating system or print drivers to print. Instead, as shown in the diagram below, apps use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. Google Cloud Print is then responsible for sending the print job to the appropriate printer, with the particular options the user selected. It also provides print-job status to the app.

google cloud print diagram

The new app is part of Ricoh’s information-mobility strategy, which it says is designed to help customers make information accessible to those who need it, when they need it to make critical business decisions.

Ricoh says the app is suitable for use in businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and education. For instance, it says the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Web-printing services is ideal for elementary schools where many students use cloud-friendly Google Chromebooks. Designed to leverage cloud apps, the laptops are tightly integrated with cloud-based applications in the Google ecosystem, including Google Cloud Print and the Google Docs office-productivity suite.

The Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Web-printing services may be purchased directly from Ricoh. Ricoh says installation entails a quick and simple operation by a Ricoh technician who embeds a Java applet, often from a remote management console. Invited users or authorized guests can then print directly from their Chrome Web browser or other Cloud Print Ready application.

“We’ve tried the Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Web-printing services, and we just love it,” commented Kelly Spaeth, business manager at Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay, California.. “Rather than investing in print servers and having to load print drivers on all of our devices, we’ve started using Google Cloud Print and now our teachers can immediately print their work to any nearby Ricoh MFP. This has enabled us to spend less time worrying about IT connectivity issues and gives our teachers more time to focus on education.”

For a list supported black-and-white as well as color MFPs, printers, and production-printing systems that are compatible with the app, visit Ricoh here. For more information on the Ricoh App for Google Cloud, visit Ricoh here.

Ricoh’s other mobile-printing solutions include HotSpot, FlexRelease CX, and HotSpot Enterprise.

“Our business is information mobility, and that means removing obstacles that stand between a user and the information they need to make critical business decisions,” commented Matt Sakauchi, vice president of Technology Marketing for Ricoh Americas. “The Ricoh App for Google Cloud Print Web-printing services is a wonderful example of that and a great complement to our already wide array of mobile printing applications.”

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