It’s a known fact that much of the computing world is moving towards the cloud. Services like Dropbox, Box, and iCloud (and their respective success) give clear indication that consumers welcome the idea of cutting cords. In this example, cutting the cord refers to an external hard drive or any other physical storage solution you may be using to save your photographs or other files to – but this phenomenon is moving much further.
Google, for one, has been known to fully embrace the cloud movement with a plethora of different web based services that don’t require any desktop applications whatsoever. One of their newer services, Google Cloud Print, may be of interest to photographers and normal consumers alike looking to hit the cloud in full stride. If you couldn’t tell by the name, this service allows consumers to cut the cord between their computer (or other compatible device) and their printer.
Canon is one manufacturer embracing this service, announcing today that many of their new Pixma all-in-one printers will come complete with Google Cloud Print functionality. As of now, the Google Cloud Print service is a bit limited in functionality: offering only the ability to print from applications like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Chrome – but the principle seems promising.
Google Cloud Print eliminates the need for drivers usually required when printing, thus providing users with a seamless printing experience. Provided the service continues to expand to other platforms and applications, who’s to say that we won’t soon see cameras themselves with built-in Cloud Print functionality. This, in theory, would mean that rather than having a wireless camera only work with a specific line of printers, any Cloud Print enabled camera would be able to work with any Cloud Print enabled printer regardless of manufacturer.
Of course at this point that seems a ways off, but it will definitely be interesting to see where this goes, especially when you consider the rumors regarding Android powered cameras that surfaced not long ago.[DPReview]