With Help from Mopria, Android 9 Default Print Service Now Includes Wi-Fi Direct Printing
The Mopria Alliance, a global non-profit organization devoted to developing industry-wide standards and solutions for printing and scanning with mobile devices, announced on August 9th that Android 9 (Pie) users can enjoy Wi-Fi Direct printing to Mopria-certified printers as a built-in feature on their mobile devices, courtesy of the Android Default Print Service that features core printing technology from the Mopria Print Service.
The Default Print Service was first introduced in the launch of Android 8 last year, and was a result of an ongoing collaboration with the Google Android team via the Android Open Source Project and the Mopria Alliance. The Default Print Service is said to provide convenient and intuitive printing with automatic printer discovery, allowing easy printing to more than 3,000 models and 100 million deployed Mopria-certified printers from any Android 8 or 9 device.
Wi-Fi Direct allows users to wirelessly connect their mobile devices directly to a compatible printer without joining a Wi-Fi network. This is an alternative to the standard method connecting via a router to the same Wi-Fi network as the printer. Wi-Fi Direct printing uses an encrypted, point-to-point connection that streamlines printing because it doesn’t require pairing or passwords.
Brent Richtsmeier, vice chairperson of the Mopria Alliance Steering Committee, commented: “A key tenant of the Mopria Alliance strategy is to simplify print and scan while also focusing on improving the printing experience on Android. Through continuous contributions to the Android Open Source Project, we will continue to make printing on Android as streamlined, secure and intuitive as possible.”
The Mopria Alliance notes that, In the five years since the establishment of the Mopria Alliance by founders Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung and Xerox, the nonprofit membership organization has 22 members representing the worldwide printer and scanner business. In addition to the founding companies, the Mopria Alliance today includes Adobe, Brother, Dell, Epson, Fuji Xerox, Huawei, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Microsoft, NEC, OKI Data, Pantum, Primax, Qualcomm, Toshiba, Ricoh, Sharp, and YSoft.
The Mopria Alliance is responsible for making printing and scanning solutions more accessible and intuitive for consumer and business users through the Mopria Print Service App and Library. To date, Mopria print technology has been installed on more than 850 million devices and has been used to print more than half a billion pages.
The organization also recently released the Mopria Scan beta app with mobile document-scanning capabilities. The final release will be rolled out later this year.
For the latest list of Mopria certified printers and print accessories, visit the Mopria Alliance here.
- May 2018: Mopria App Makes Android Scanning Easy
- February 2018: As Mobile-Printing Pioneer, Mopria Alliance Aims for 1 Billion Mopria-Printed Pages this Year
- November 2017: YSoft SafeQ is First Mopria-Certified Enterprise Print Server
- November 2017: Mopria Print Service 2.3 Provides New Mobile-Printing Capabilities with Share-to-Print
- August 2017: New Mopria Mobile Printing with Android 8.0 OS Features Automatic Printer Discovery, No Downloads
- February 2017: Over 300 Million Users Now Using Mopria Mobile-Printing Solution
- 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