HP LaserJet MFP M476 Ready For Mobile Output

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Mopria For Mobile Printing

Topping the news is the ground-breaking release of the first printer to be compliant with specifications developed by the Mopria Alliance, which permit the MFP to output from compatible tablets and smartphones without the need for special apps or setup. The nonprofit consortium was founded last year by Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox and is dedicated to building a universal set of printing protocols and interfaces for wireless printing from mobile devices. "Mobile printing is something that people want to do," said David Laing, director of innovation of LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions at HP, during a confidential briefing last week.

Laing cited an IDC study from February 2013 that found 50 percent of smartphone users and 58 percent of tablet users print from their devices. "Smartphone printing is going to grow tremendously," he added. The Mopria protocol is already built into Android 4.4 Kit Kat, Laing said. As with its predecessors, the new printer also supports printing from iOS devices via Apple's AirPrint.

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