WiFi printing comes to BlackBerry 10 thanks to PrintHand Mobile Print Premium

By Adam Zeis on 9 Aug 2013 11:42 am
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One of the things I longed for when I first got my BlackBerry Z10 was the ability to print directly to my WiFi printer from my device. Sadly there were no available solutions in BlackBerry World at the time. While there were a handful of apps that allowed you to print from your device using your Windows PC as a go-between, none let you print straight from your BlackBerry to a printer.

Thankfully a solution has finally come in the form of PrintHand Mobile Print Premium. The app itself is an Android port but that doesn't really matter to me since it actually works. I had very little trouble finding and connecting to my printer with the exception that the app itself continues to want to connect to WiFi even if WiFi is already turned on. I'm chalking that up to being an Android port in that it doesn't recognize the WiFi connection. Regardless I was actually able to print - however this is where my one big gripe comes in.

Currently the app only lets you print from your gallery, web pages, contacts, Gmail, contacts or Facebook albums. Notably missing is the ability to print any sort of document - PDF, XLS, DOC etc. I did contact the support team and was told that they are working on adding in PDF support so hopefully that isn't too far off.

At $4.99 the app is a bit steep, but to have a simple WiFi printing solution it's really not too much to ask. As I said, my biggest downer is that I can't simply print anything on my device at the moment. Added support for documents will make this a sure five-star app for me.

More information/Download PrintHand Mobile Print Premium

100 comments

bambinoitaliano

In the mean time, I will wait til it can print anything from my Z10 before I purchase the app.

Monica Buruato

Or they reduce the price...

Jsolts

What? Only $4.99 to be able to print all my Facebook crap? What a deal!

In all seriousness $4.99 is pretty steep if it can't even print business documents.

Maybe it's just a limitation of being an android port, but I won't be shelling out for this anytime soon.

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edriss

$4.99 is way too steep for an Android port. Especially since it is somewhat glitchly.

If it was $0.99 I would buy it. If the dev is testing the waters on BlackBerry he picked the wrong price...

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gord888

HP cloud printing works great if you're willing to buy their printer. You just email your printer and it prints.

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jermaine1082

Yeah I want the app like I had on my 9900. So I can print anything from anywhere. but forgot about the emailing option. Thanks for reminding me 5-10 min project for tomorrow! lol.

cjsasl

jermaine, what app did you have that enabled you to print from your 9900?

00stryder

Are you sure that this is the only app available in BlackBerry World to allow device-to-printer printing via wifi? I vaguely remember an app dev that's active here on CB mentioning that he was adding the feature to a popular app of his, but for the life of me I can't remember what the name of the app is...

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

syplex

The app you're thinking of is PlayCloud. There is also Breezy.

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00stryder

That's the one! Thanks :)

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

mnc76

Unfortunately, I've been unable to figure out how to get my HP printer to work with PlayCloud. Not sure what special kind of printer one needs for this to work, but it doesn't seem like average HP printers that one might buy from a random bug box store like Costco or best buy will work.

I could be wrong about this though.

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rpwings

Almost a year ago, I bought a HP Officejet Pro 8600 at Best Buy. I needed a new printer and the email print feature was one of the reasons I chose this printer. Love it !

pooger

As far as I can tell, breezy cannot print emails yet on bb10 so I haven't found it that useful.

Siya10

For a port to pricey!

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rizaru_rin

What? No xls, pdf, and doc printing? It's practically useless then. And 4.99 for a half-baked Android port? Meh.

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Poirots Progeny

Shame you can't print. Docx or pdfs - will wait on that.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

BigwhiteUK

Playcloud

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DJRikko

Too pricey for a port, and lacks some essential functions. Will hold out too.

Play Cloud has this functionality but have not had success with my current crappy printer yet.

As it is Zed, so let it be written, so let it be done.

MidnightSociety

Try the app called Breezy. It is an Android port. Free. Can print off a corporate print server. It states you can do local printing. I will try it today and post back.

Adam Zeis

Pretty sure you need a PC to use Breezy.

**Requires Breezy Connector for your PC (available free at www.breezy.com) in order to add your own printers.**

MidnightSociety

Yep you are right Adam. I use it with a Breezy Print Server. When I first got my Z10 Demo device, wasn;t there a HP Printing Application?

BBPandy

yea I think I remember seeing an HP printing application too. My parents have an HP printer & I remember one day while I was visiting I noticed that I could DL an HP app so I could print via my BB

MidnightSociety

I have a HP as well. I went looking for the app, the 10.2 leak takes it away. I found it on my 10.9 device. It has a pink icon with HP Mobile printing in the capture.

CecilTsunami

I can print to my HP printer. Via email. You register for the service online, your printer is assigned an email address, then you email whatever you want to print to the printer.

Not an app, but it's free and it works quite well.

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MidnightSociety

That is nice. We are implementing the same type of mobile print service in our enterprise.

rcab

I agree it is too pricey for such limited features. I too will wait for a native app that offers all types of documents.

ForrestB

Why even write a post in such a pricey and limited app?

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Adam Zeis

Because it's what we do!

paingiver

i wonder if there is an app to print to a local network connected printer (not wifi)

Leafer80

Call me crazy but, doesn't "Print to Go" print?

Z10, PlayBook, 9810, 9000.

The_Adventist

Crazy.

No it doesn't. Your PC prints the file it prepares for printing.

El Platanero

Nope. Print To Go sends documents to your phone

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BigwhiteUK

Print to go prints from your device to a PC, not a printer

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Leafer80

Love this site. Thanks.

Z10, PlayBook, 9810, 9000.

SCPanther13

Actually, Print to Go "prints" from your PC to your device. It's for taking PC documents mobile.

jic999

BlackBerry get make or copy a wireless printer native BB10 App

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tprime

Would be great if it could print any doc. PrinterShare on Android does that from my GTab. Sad no BB10 solution. For the so called leader for stuff phones for business seems disappointing. But hopefully after an update this will be the answer.

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Omnitech

I just discovered that this app is produced by the SAME people that produce PrinterShare on Android. (Mobile Dynamix / Dynamix Software. It's listed as Dynamix USA, LLC here.)

PrinterShare works great on my Android tablet, even discovers my old HP Laserjet 4050 with JetDirect card, apparently prints to it using IPP and dedicated Laserjet drivers. As well as my Epson Artisan 837. (Using Artisan 835 driver)

So that gives me a lot more hope about this product.

DocDRM

I've been printing to my printer since my 9900. From any where, any time. HP Wifi all in one printer something like HP 8500 or 8600 or something like that, has its own email address, anything I email to it gets printed. Was under $200 at Office Depot 2 years ago.

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Kris Simundson

So true, almost all HP internet enabled printers have access to a "email" that it prints from.

pittster

This app is just a ploy to get BlackBerry users $. The dev releases a half arsed app but not for half the price. That's insulting. All because they say we make more $. Just my thought.

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Melinium

The BB10 version cost one third of the Android version, 4.50 CHF for the BB10 version, 12.37 CHF for the Android version. Installed the free version for Android who print only a test page, but i can use my old Canon Pixma i5000 (9 years old) without problem, so like many people i wait until i can print pdf and document to considere buying this app for my Q10 & Z10

diegonei

Hey, good infor here!

I'll find the free android version and if I can make it work with my printer, then I may get the one in BB World.

pumano

Playcloud 10 can print via wifi PDF and images! It's since BlackBerry Z10 rollout!!

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mnc76

How? For the life of me I can't get that feature to work on my HP Photosmart C7250.

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Omnitech

A lot of people have had problems getting printing with PlayCloud to work. I even bought a brand-new printer in part because I had hoped it would work with PlayCloud. Nope.

The problem with printing from mobile devices is that they typically require a network-connected printer that also has the ability to directly convert documents or images into printed output. Whereas the trend in the recent 10-15 years in printers is to take away "intelligence" inside the printer to make them cheaper, and put all the conversion and rasterization functions into the print driver instead.

Neither PlayCloud or many other mobile printing solutions include an internal print driver that converts the document/file into something the printer can print. This app claims to have that, but it's an Android Port and without the ability to print documents (only images, apparently), that's of very limited utility.

There are of course various proprietary systems, but that is limiting and most printer vendors don't bother to make a Blackberry app either. The "print-to-email" type of system Kris Simundsen mentioned is another common kludge, but I personally am not enamored of routing my print jobs through external 3rd-parties.

mnc76

I sew. Thanks.

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mnc76

*see lol :)

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nicklas79

Right,

In the next release, the support will be better. But it's impossible to support all printers, while there isn't a unique standard as USB mass-storage.

Moreover, I can implement a parser for each kind of document.

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MaxR_A

As a mobile computing platform, BlackBerry should have this function built into the os.

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1magine

Ditto. WIFI direct coming in 10.2 hopefully BB is working on developing print to wifi or networked printer.

franchise22

I was ready to go buy this.....then saw no PDF or Excel. :(

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crazylegshinch

But...but you can print from Facebook! It's the feature nobody has been waiting for!

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koool1

Wasn't HP suppose to release an app for BlackBerry 10?

$5 is steep. Will wait.

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ryanlrobinson

PDF and DOC support and I'd probably buy it.

Platinum_2

Too much money for too little benefit. I'll pass.

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joelwsmith84

Once this app adds the ability to print documents or pdf's, I will download.

mag84mag

Hoping hp e print hits the app world soon!!

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jelp2

For anyone that has a Brother printer, there's iPrint Android side load that's works great.

ibpluto

Not sure why this function is not baked right into the OS to begin with

Swipe, swipe it good...via CB10 from my Z10

AfterHoursWelds

Screen shots as a work around?

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I am JT

Was excited when I first saw the article but with no capability to print documents it is pretty much useless for me. Get this fixed and I'll buy.

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1magine

WIFI Direct in 10.2? Should do the trick?

jayemmbee

I'm gonna wait til BlackBerry eventually adds this natively. It seems logical it will happen. Sane reason I held off on the panorama app on rumors that they were adding that to the native camera. I wouldve held off on say it had I know 10.2. Was gonna step their voice control game up

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skynny70

Was excited until I read the printing limitations. The only thing I really want to print is documents for work.

mnc76

Without document printing, this isn't useful to me at the moment. I rarely use my printer to print images due to the amount of ink they require. (I just take a DVD or flash drive to Black's, works out cheaper).

Looking forward to future document support.

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bermie2000

Much too pricey for such a limited app. Especially considering many of the wifi printers have their own printing apps for other platforms for free without the limitations this has. If it’s THAT important right now, I'll just email/box/dropbox myself the file and print it that way, as I've never been around a printer without a computer in the vicinity. Very rarely, if ever, have I urgently needed to print something off of my phone I couldn't access from a computer (and it's not often I even print anything anymore, since most of my work ends up in e-format). Certainly not worth a $5 half-baked port I'd hardly use when I have $2-3 apps I happily bought as I use them daily.

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OTCHRussell

I can print to my HP printer from anywhere by using HP ePrint. All you do is email the document to the Printer.

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mandony

So, no printing from my e-mail files?
If so, this is a no-go to the app.

igillman

First off, I have no technical knowledge about how complicated this should be, but I cannot understand any modern mobile computing platform that doesn't have the ability to print directly to a printer over wi-fi - most especially BlackBerry with Documents-to-Go and its business user base. Is it just me? This seems like a such a basic feature now with almost every printer being wi-fi compatible.

$5 for something that only partly addresses user needs and should be standard in the OS to begin with? Uh, no thanks. BB should be adding this into 10.2.

myfairkadie

The side load of Breezy works just fine and is free.

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Turnda643

As already stated, when it supports Doc printing of all files and screen captures, I'll buy. Even at the $4.99 price. But until then, no sale.

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MrGlenn

Got Epson iPrint working on my Q10 pretty good. Works directly from phone to printer, when on the same network (wifi), but also has the option to send over a special e-mail address.

As far as I can tell it works for all the functions, print/copy/scan-to-cloud.

Djlatino

4.99 lol what else are you guys gunna feature. A calculate for 9.99 with pink theme?

douevenCB10?

scelop

I have been using Hp e-print that using email to the printer. It is only for hp printers...and newer ones, but it works pretty well and is free.

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07thking

If this goes native, I will buy.

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craftEcowgirl

Worth it to print emails and web pages, as we are always wanting to print restaurant coupons through email etc.

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dmurillo3

I like the idea... but shouldn't that come with my mobile computing device or my "computer phone"? why do I have to dish out $5 more to do something that to me appears to should have come with the phone to begin with? Sorry two thumbs down, not interested.

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buylocal_getaBB

The balls on this dev. a ported app that can't even print some of the most important things for business, talk to me when it's native or fully functional

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rajdeep.malhi

Please make a video for this one and show all features of it, including the ability to print docx, pdf, and pptx files.

xtremeled

When its a native app Ill buy it!

theorivardus

Come on BlackBerry we need a native apps to print by Wifi !

I hate android port!

Sorry but I really prefer native apps !

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bbdocc

In the past i used brother app to print directly to my wifi printer , it's an android app which i converted , nice to see another option.

nicklas79

Adam, PlayCloud supports IPP since BlackBerry 10 has been released :)

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emanuscript

If it's a port we must retort.

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mcw10b

My wifi printer has it own email address, so can print from bb10 to my HP printer :)

HTT09

What's the point then?

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Eric Russo

I don't see the point of owning this app if he can't print documents. Pass for me,

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xamdam

Never will I pay this much for a port

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RIMperator

Way to expensive... specially if you can't even print standard documents and it's an Android Port!

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zzbsb

Agree with everyone. Pretty useless if can't print emails and documents.

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TheStoryUp

You can print documents now, but the share function doesn't work for adobe reader or docs to go. You can just open the document from Print Hand and print it that way. I agree that's it's to pricey for a port, cause it does lag quite a bit, but it works.

cjsasl

I sideloaded the cloud print app on my z10 & now I can print to my Samsung colour laser printer at home from anywhere using my phone. Prints any document, file or picture I have on my phone or if I get an email attachment I just save the attachment & then print it using cloud print app. It's free.

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