No drivers, no servers, no IT configuration or support issues. The printing support built into iOS devices from Apple, and Android OS devices from other manufacturers is free, easy to use and natively supported by most business-class Lexmark printers and smart MFPs.
With AirPrint, you can discover a Lexmark MFP, select print options, and then simply choose “Print” in a supported iOS app—without installing anything else. It’s intuitive, free and ideal for small networks.
Without IT involvement, though, AirPrint often only finds printers that are on the same local network segment as the mobile device. The result is that users in larger organizations can only see a few of the available printers as options on their mobile devices.
Lexmark Print Management not only addresses this challenge but also adds enterprise-level features. These enhancements include flexible print release, simple email-based or app-driven print job submission, and print job tracking. In fact, Lexmark Print Management is the first AirPrint-certified enterprise print management solution.
While designed for use with Lexmark Print Management, the Lexmark Mobile Printing app can also be used for quick and simple direct printing of PDFs and most image files from an iOS device.
Android OS version 4.4 introduced new printing capabilities, including a native print subsystem. Lexmark has released the Lexmark Print Service Plug-in that enables native printing from your Android device to any supported Lexmark product without requiring a third-party app.
You can easily print documents and images directly to Lexmark printers on the same network as the Android device using familiar printing controls, such as paper size, color, orientation and number of copies. And to eliminate the challenge of discovering a printer on an enterprise network, we included features such as QR code scanning that make it simple to add a printer. For enterprise scalability and security, the Lexmark Print Service Plug-in also supports printing to a Lexmark Print Management Server.
We also offer an extensive selection of devices certified to work with Mopria wireless printing standards, for which an Android plug-in is also available. For more information, please visit www.mopria.org.
Google Cloud Print offers yet another option for Android device users to print to Lexmark MFPs. It’s intuitive, and lets you print anywhere there’s internet. Through an eSF app that runs on Lexmark Smart MFPs, users can authenticate to their Google accounts and register the device for Google Cloud Print directly from the touch screen of the MFP. When registered, the user can selectively release jobs printed via Google Cloud Print right at that device.
Though designed for use with Lexmark Print Management, Android device users can also use the Lexmark Mobile Printing app for quick and simple direct printing of PDFs and most image files.
With a supported, Wi-Fi-connected Lexmark MFP, and an NFC-equipped mobile device, it’s even possible to send a job to the printer over a peer-to-peer mobile direct connection. The mobile device doesn’t even have to be on the network!
Beyond these simple options for Android printing, additional convenience, security, enterprise-level output management and cost-control features are available through Lexmark Print Management.