Lexmark International unveiled a mobile printing app at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference called the Mobile Print Application for the Cisco Cius™, which is a tablet purpose-built for the enterprise. Lexmark’s mobile solutions platform paves the way for rapid innovation to meet customer demands in the mobile device marketplace. The app will allow users to print documents andpictures from their Android-powered tablet computers and eventually, smartphones.
The application will also allow users to send documents to printers made by other manufacturers, not just Lexmark, according to Kay Kienast, vice president of worldwide marketing for the company.
While optimized to work with Lexmark printers and Multi-functions, it is anticipated that the Lexmark Mobile Print Application will support printing on other manufacturers’ output devices that support standard file formats, such as pdf, jpeg and tiff. Interestingly, Microsoft Office documents will not be supported, although they can be converted to PDFs.
The app was designed by Lexmark researchers to emulate printing on a PC. Users begin the process by using their Android sharing menu, as they would to transmit photos or other data on the devices.
“Lexmark has been providing world-class enterprise services and solutions for the past 20 years, and with our expertise in managing distributed fleets of printers and MFPs, we are well equipped to handle the increasing demand of mobile devices in the workplace,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services. “The Lexmark Mobile Print Application allows enterprises to connect their mobile tablets to their fleet in a way that adds value to both sets of devices – as well as to the business processes that require these devices to work well together.”
(Note: The screenshots above, courtesy of zdnet.com, represent the Mobile Print Solution as it would be presented on an Android smartphone, not on the Cisco Cius.)
Lexmark has actually offered mobile printing processes since 2008, because its business customers wanted ways to print from their BlackBerry smartphones. This app takes the process a step further, making it easier to identify the printers the user wishes to print to.
Users can enter the name of the printer, do a network search to find it, or scan a QR code located on the printer to let the phone know where to print, Sparks said.
Kienast said Lexmark chose to go with Cisco for the launch of the app because of the latter’s strength with business customers.
The app doesn’t require additional support, such as servers, from businesses’ technology departments, a factor that should make it more appealing.
“Enterprises like to set a standard,” Sparks said. “They don’t like to roll out the next new app every month, … so that’s really what we’ve tried to do.”
Kienast declined to say how much the app will cost in Cisco’s marketplace or how much of a share Lexmark will receive.
She said the app also will work on other mobile operating systems, including Apple’s, but she declined to discuss how quickly Lexmark might try to roll it out to the iPad or Android tablets and phones from other manufacturers.
“We view this as a large upcoming space,” she said.
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