Bad News for Google Cloud Print Users as Google begins in 2021 by saying goodbye to Google Cloud Print.
If you follow the web giant’s news closely, you will know that it announced the removal of service in 2019. The Mountain View firm declared that Google Cloud Print would no longer be available from January 1, 2021.
“As of January 1, 2021, devices on all operating systems will no longer be able to print by using Google Cloud Print. We recommend to identify over the next year an alternative solution to execute a migration strategy,” Google wrote.
The remote printing service is withdrawing after nine years of existence.
Thus, Google Cloud Print joins the list of various services that have been relegated to oblivion by the Mountain View firm. The web giant had already removed apps like Google Inbox and Hangouts.
A service that has proven useful
Google’s decision is fully understandable. Since the inception, Google Cloud Print has never left the beta phase. Despite this, this service was still productive. It has made printing of documents possible, remotely from a smartphone, a PC or even a tablet via Google’s servers.
With this online printing service, users no longer had to install drivers on their device. Google negated to elaborate on the reasons that led to its abandoning Google Cloud Print. The Mountain View firm has invited users of this service to find other alternatives.
Turn to Native Printing Infrastructure.
Shortly after the announcement, Google issued a statement suggesting that users look to native print infrastructure.
“For environments other than Chrome OS, or in multi-OS scenarios, we encourage you to use the native printing infrastructure of the respective platform and partner with a printing solutions provider,”
People who use devices with Chrome OS will be able to get on with CUPS printing.
“You can configure CUPS in the administration console for printing to local and network printers,” writes the web giant.
According to Google, the company will also be able to use one of its printing partners’ services.