Enterprise technology vendor HP is teaming up with mobile device provider Samsung to offer HP print functionality within the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone.


As a result of the HP-Samsung collaboration, Galaxy S 4 owners will receive an embedded HP print solution that does not require them to make any adjustments or download any drivers or configurations to use. The solution will allow Galaxy S4 users to connect their smartphone and an HP printer on the same wireless network or use HP printing via wireless direct print. The solution will also offer printing options such as duplex printing, color, orientation and paper type and update the user on printing status.

The built-in HP print solution will work in three steps: choose a document, photo or web page, select a printer (either through a Wi-Fi network or via direct print), and hit print. The built-in print button will be available on Samsung mobile applications including Email Client, Android Browser, Photo Gallery, Contacts, S Note and Polaris Office. Printable file formats include JPG, PNG, HTML, PDF and MS Office.

HP and Samsung Make Life Easier, but Not Completely

Engadget credits HP and Samsung for “teaming up to remove many of the headaches for the Galaxy S 4” upon its expected April 2013 release. However, a blog posting on the site cautions users not to expect all headaches to disappear.

“Beyond being limited to the one phone, you'll have to stick to some of its preloaded apps, including the browser, contacts, email client, photo gallery, Polaris Office and S Note,” states Engadget. “It's far from a truly universal solution, then, but the two partners are at least promising zero-setup printing on both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II through firmware updates coming later in 2013. We'll take the approach if it saves time snagging an old-fashioned boarding pass or some concert tickets.” 

Making Your ‘Life Companion’ More Compatible

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S 4 at last week’s Unpacked event in New York. As CMSWire reported, in addition to the usual upgraded pixel and RAM capacity, Samsung focused on bolted-in software such as new eye-tracking technology called SmartPause that helps pause video when the users looks away from the screen, as well as a Smart Scroll feature that will move the screen up or down just by looking in the appropriate direction. Samsung is billing the latest iteration of Galaxy as your “life companion,” and the HP printing partnership is one more extra feature to make that companion more compatible with a world where an increasing amount of activity once performed on PC (such as creating and printing documents) is now performed via mobile device.

The Galaxy S 4 print solution is compatible with nearly 200 HP printer models and will be supported with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 as well as a firmware upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II.