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Google Patent Application Details Cloud Printing Service

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application from Google that seeks to secure the rights to a cloud printing service.

The document, which was filed in March of last year, describes the Cloud Print service as one that is integrated into Google's Chrome web browsers.

"A print server may include an application manager configured to receive a print request over a network from an application executing on a device, and configured to provide, over the network, a print dialog to a user of the application […] A print job router may be configured to route the print job over the network from the print server to a print client associated with the selected printer, for printing by the selected printer, using the printer-specific format."

Included in the patent are claims to an application manager that authenticates a user via a user account. While cloud print is often seen as a technology to enable users to print from anywhere without a direct, physical connection, Google argues that there is a different benefit to cloud printing, which offers a solution to "conventional printers and printing paradigms [that] often provide a fragmented, expensive, resource-intensive, potentially unpredictable user experience which is sub-optimal at best and unworkable at worst for many users." Google argues that cloud print via a browser solves the problem of providing and maintaining printer drivers for various platforms, including smartphones, which "may have limited or no resources to execute a print driver." As a result, customer may see a benefit of "increased printing options and abilities," while printer manufacturers will not have to release as many driver updates for as many platforms as they had to do in the past.

In related news, Google has also filed a patent that largely covers the recently updated Omnibox location bar in the browser. The document describes Google's technology to provide the user a dynamically updated listing of search suggestions that are pulled from the history of prior search queries.

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    alyoshka , December 11, 2011 3:33 AM
    Isn't this something like way back with network printing? I don't think Google existed then.
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    davewolfgang , December 11, 2011 3:50 AM
    This should be DENIED. There shouldn't even be any thought about DENYING it.
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    lashabane , December 11, 2011 4:43 AM
    I have to be missing something but to me, "cloud" is synonymous with "server".

    How is this any different than sending a print job to a computer on a network other than sending it to an IP that's generally different than a network IP?
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    Benihana , December 11, 2011 5:05 AM
    Well right now, say you have say a network with 10 computers and 1 printer. Well, you have to install drivers onto each computer to access the printer. Some computers function as nodes that broadcast the driver out, so it makes it easier for future computers to print to the printer. But those computers still require drivers. With this new patented method, I'm guessing it'll be like 1 computer (A) directly connects to the printer, and all the other computers connect to that computer A. When you want to print, you send the job to computer A. Computer A then authenticates that you have permission to print, and relays your print job to the printer. No drivers required for the requesting computers. Drivers are only needed on computer A.

    The benefit is that ANY device that can access computer A, can print. Smartphones, tablets, netbooks, etc. Plus, now the printer developer only has to create drivers for computer A, rather than every device out there. Heck, if my Motorola RAZR (that original flip phone) can access computer A, then it too has printing capabilities.

    'Least that's my take on it. I could be (and probably am) wrong. :D 
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    sixdegree , December 11, 2011 6:04 AM
    Google Cloud printing? does that means i could print my papers with their printers?
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    flip_x , December 11, 2011 6:39 AM
    sounds like HP's E-Print..
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2011 8:16 AM
    It feels like they just use an old idea from the Unix world and apply it to microsoft world. Feels stupid that you can get patents in US (and some other countries) on things which has been done for ages and in no way new innovations.

    @Benihana:
    Just connect a phone to a computer wouldn't give you that capability, you would still need an application on the cellphone. At least my N900 does print nicely, but then it's a true Linux phone and you can have proper applications installed on it.
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    eddieroolz , December 11, 2011 9:01 AM
    This sounds just like printing over the web...just through a new buzzword called the cloud.
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    Dyseman , December 11, 2011 2:39 PM
    Google.comGoogle Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.


    eddieroolzThis sounds just like printing over the web...just through a new buzzword called the cloud.


    Yup. Just makes your printer print jobs from yourself or whoever has proper credentials from over the net. But instead of Printing Over the Web, you must be signed into Google services to use.
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    Camikazi , December 11, 2011 2:59 PM
    lashabaneI have to be missing something but to me, "cloud" is synonymous with "server".How is this any different than sending a print job to a computer on a network other than sending it to an IP that's generally different than a network IP?

    It is, cloud is just another way to say server, it's all marketing. I can print to my home printer from my smartphone right now and from any printer in the world and it has nothing to do with the "cloud".
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    nikorr , December 11, 2011 11:53 PM
    Google is full of it! The patents, that is.
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    Marthian , December 12, 2011 3:27 AM
    I've heard of services years before this that would print stuff for you.
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    Benihana , December 12, 2011 5:47 AM
    hanssen_dk2011Just connect a phone to a computer wouldn't give you that capability, you would still need an application on the cellphone. At least my N900 does print nicely, but then it's a true Linux phone and you can have proper applications installed on it.

    Ah, I was trying to simplify it, but I think eddieroolz said it so much easier. By accessing computer A, I was trying to imply through a web-based means. If your phone can access the web sites on the internet, then it should be able to access computer A in theory.

    But yeah, eddieroolz said it much better. :)