Google Discontinues Google Cloud Print (GCP) at end of 2020
November 25th, 2019
Earlier this month Google informed all Google Cloud Print users that its cloud-based printing solution would no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will not be able to print using Google Cloud Print.
For devices running Chrome OS, mainly Chromebooks, Google recommends native printing (CUPS). For other devices or multi-OS scenarios, Google recommends the respective platform’s native-printing infrastructure or working with a print-solutions provider, such as PriApps.
Google has vastly improved native printing from Chrome OS devices since Google Cloud Print launched in 2010, and it promises that native printing in Chrome OS will continue to get more features over time.
CUPS is a standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple, originally for MacOS and other UNIX like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to support printing to local and network printers.
PriApps has supported the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) since its inception. PriApps first introduced it to allow users of iOS and Android devices to print from their smartphones and tablets to any printer or MFP long before it was even possible to print from these devices directly.
PriApps was also one of the first print management companies to integrate to Google Cloud Print to offer customers such as Netflix Single Sign-On and Secure Print Release capabilities for Multi-Function Printers (MFPs).
For existing and new customers migrating from Google Cloud Print, PriApps offers the most seamless and non-intrusive option in the marketplace. Unlike other print management solutions, PriApps does not require users to download software onto their computers or print servers. In fact PriApps does not require the use of print servers to function.
Google Discontinues Cloud Print