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Epson releases Mopria-certified AIOs

September 19, 2014

Mopria_TM_Alliance_Pos_rgb_092413OEM launches its first printers certified under Mopria Alliance, making printing experience more accessible for mobile device users.

Epson announced that home and business users can now benefit from its latest Mopria-certified all-in-one (AIO) printers, which have been designed to deliver an “intuitive mobile printing experience” as the need for mobile printing increases with the growing ownership of smartphones and tablets; with ownership of such devices expected to reach 5.1 billion worldwide by 2018.

The Mopria Alliance was formed a year ago as a result of this growing requirement for mobile printing, with Epson, Canon, HP, Lexmark, Xerox, Kyocera, Konica Minolta and Samsung all joining the alliance to advance mobile print standards in order to allow business and home users to print “regardless of brand, device or operating system”.

Epson stated that its mobile print efforts aim to “embrace the rapidly evolving demands of mobile customers and the diversity of multiple operating systems”, with a “key initiative” being to deliver “intuitive” mobile printing.

The company’s Mopria-certified printers work with the Mopria Print Service New window and built-in Printing Framework in Android v4.4 or later. This means that Android 4.4 users can print from Google apps such as Chrome, Gmail, Drive and QuickOffice, as well as Adobe Reader and Kingsoft WPS Office App. The OEM added that 74 percent of global smartphones and tablets sold this year were Android-based, meaning that it has enabled intuitive printing for an “unprecedented” number of Android users.

Ian Cameron, who is responsible for Global Communications at Epson, said: “With global tablet and smartphone sales more than five times greater than desktop sales and two of five employees using smartphones on the job, the need for intuitive mobile printing options and support is apparent. Epson is proud to actively support an industry-wide movement to streamline mobile printing ease-of-use and accessibility.”

The Recycler reported in April on Lexmark’s announcement that several of its product lines received Mopria certification; while in June Konica Minolta announced it had become a board member of the alliance.

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