This post originally appeared on Enterprise Matters
By Jim Rego – In the beginning, no one cared about print.
In the beginning of the mobile era, that is. Any thoughts mobile leaders had about printing were afterthoughts at best. None of the early operating systems and few apps enabled print.
Recognizing print had value in mobile environments—and that significant desktop volume would migrate there—four print industry leaders (Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox) banded together to form the Mopria Alliance. Their goal: to advance wireless printing from smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices by creating a standard that enables printing to be universally compatible and consistently easy for users.
Almost five years into the initiative, the Alliance has made great progress. It’s most recent achievement: embedding Mopria core printing technology in the newest version of the Google Android OS, Oreo 8.0, which was released in September 2017. With more than an 80 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market1, Android’s embrace of Mopria is clearly a significant milestone in the standard’s widespread adoption.