Our front page is littered with reports on the Galaxy S4, so I'm not even going to bother covering all the latest improvements and features soon to come. Just hit the home button in the menu bar above and check out the other stories if that's what you're looking for.
HP just sent out a press release that highlights an exclusive partnership with Samsung. It turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with HP's proprietary wireless printing functionality, also found in devices like the HP Slate 7. Ultimately it adds on-demand printing support for the Galaxy S4, making the device compatible with virtually 200 different HP branded printers. Among those 200 supported printers are some from the Inkjet and Laserjet series.
HP promises that the functionality will work with "no setup, tools, drivers, or network configurations to adjust." They also took a moment to point out exclusive printer settings like duplexing, color, orientation, and paper type. If you're big on printing, then you probably know what all of that nifty stuff is.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will implement a distinctive "print" button in various apps, including native Samsung ones, that will print directly to a compatible HP printer. Several of the apps that include the said button are the email, browser, photo gallery, contacts, S Note, and Polaris Office apps.
There are two different ways to transfer materials wirelessly to an HP printer. Either the Galaxy S4 and the connected printer can be on the same Wi-Fi network, or they can take advantage of the "HP technology via wireless direct print" on select models.
Better yet, the functionality and software will also be coming to Samsung's other devices in the future. The Galaxy SIII and Note II will be receiving many of the S4's software features in future updates.
As always, the press release is included below, just in case you're into that sort of thing.
New Samsung GALAXY S 4 Can Easily Print Documents, Photos and Web Pages Directly to HP Printers
PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2013) - HP (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled a new print offering built within select Samsung devices to provide users an easy way to print directly to more than 180 HP network printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet portfolios.
The collaboration demonstrates HP's continued investment and leadership in the mobile printing space by satisfying a common need for today's mobile user -- on-demand, customized printing from virtually anywhere.
Different from current mobile printing apps on the market, the new embedded solution from HP and Samsung requires no setup, tools, drivers or network configurations to adjust on the phone, making mobile printing effortless and convenient. In addition, the print offering is one of the only solutions to offer sophisticated printer settings and options that include duplex printing, color, orientation and paper type. By offering these capabilities and much more, this new mobile print enablement will make printing on the go easier, saving time for the mobile worker and beyond.
Print functionality will be supported with the upcoming release of the SamsungGALAXY S 4 and will be available later this year as a firmware upgrade to theSamsung GALAXY S III and Note II, enabling built-in, wireless printing compatibility.
Users can print in two ways: by automatically connecting their Samsung mobile device and HP printer on the same local network via Wi-Fi, or by using HP technology via wireless direct print.
"Customers continue to look for ways to print from their smartphones and tablets," said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Printing Solutions and Graphics Solutions Business, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP. "This partnership with Samsung is the latest example of how HP is making it easy to print what you want from wherever you are."
The Samsung print solution is HP's latest feature for its mobile print portfolio that also includes HP ePrint.
The built-in print solution works in three simple steps: choose a document, photo or web page; select a printer (either on Wi-Fi or directly); and hit print. The embedded solution also offers additional, convenient print options for the user, including number of copies, paper size, orientation, paper type, color mode, double-sided printing and job completion status.
Availability and support
The print solution is compatible with nearly 200 HP printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet printer portfolios.
The built-in print button will be available on many applications of the Samsung mobile devices, including: Email Client, Android Browser, Photo Gallery, Contacts, S Note and Polaris Office.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software,services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available athttp://www.hp.com.
Available on select models.
Printable file formats include JPG, PNG, HTML, PDF and MS Office.
Includes HP Deskjet, HP ENVY, HP Photosmart, HP Officejet, HP Officejet Pro, HP LaserJet Pro, HP Color LaserJet Pro, HP LaserJet Enterprise and HP Color LaserJet Enterprise.