New Samsung Galaxy S 4 with photobook making and HP printing
Samsung Electronics has announced that its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, will be able to produce photo books and magazines through blurb as well as being able to print directly to HP printers.
Galaxy S 4 users will be able to create photo books from their camera library through Blurb’s preinstalled Story Album function. HP has also embedded a printing system which will allow S 4 users, and eventually S III, and Note II users, to print wirelessly without need for setup or network configurations.
For more information about these two new capabilities please see the press releases below.
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, today announces its partnership with Samsung Electronics to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within Story Album for Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung’s newly announced flagship smartphone. Users of Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.
“People love the convenience and immediacy of camera phone imagery, but they also prize the beauty and permanence of print media,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s CEO and Founder. “As our lives become increasingly digital, people are genuinely appreciating the value of physical artifacts,” Gittins continued. “By combining the remarkable image quality that the Galaxy S 4 offers with the easy production of books and magazines that Blurb brings, everyone gets the best of digital and analogue.”
Until now, there has not been a simple and elegant way to curate and design, and then order a book or magazine directly from the smartphone itself. Samsung and Blurb teamed up to solve this problem via the pre-installed Story Album and its auto-generated layouts that instantly convert into print-worthy publications.
"The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is equipped with the superb quality camera and unique, sophisticated features maximizing the usage of photography experiences,” said Chan-Woo Park, Vice President of Product Strategy Team at Samsung. “We expect our customers will want to output their beautiful images into equally beautiful books and magazines. Our partnership with Blurb will provide the top-of-the-class experience for our customers."
For more information on how you can get started creating your own Blurb book or magazine, please visit blurb.co.uk.
HP unveiled a new print offering built within select Samsung devices to provide users an easy way to print directly to more than 180 HP network printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet portfolios.
The collaboration demonstrates HP’s continued investment and leadership in the mobile printing space by satisfying a common need for today’s mobile user—on-demand, customised printing from virtually anywhere.
Different from current mobile printing apps on the market, the new embedded solution from HP and Samsung requires no setup, tools, drivers or network configurations to adjust on the phone, making mobile printing effortless and convenient. In addition, the print offering is one of the only solutions to offer sophisticated printer settings and options that include duplex printing, colour, orientation and paper type. By offering these capabilities and much more, this new mobile print enablement will make printing on the go easier, saving time for the mobile worker and beyond.
Print functionality will be supported with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and will be available later this year as a firmware upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II, enabling built-in, wireless printing compatibility.
Users can print in two ways: by automatically connecting their Samsung mobile device and HP printer on the same local network via Wi-Fi, or by using HP technology via wireless direct print.
“Customers continue to look for ways to print from their smartphones and tablets,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Inkjet and Printing Solutions and Graphics Solutions Business, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP. “This partnership with Samsung is the latest example of how HP is making it easy to print what you want from wherever you are.”
The Samsung print solution is HP’s latest feature for its mobile print portfolio that also includes HP ePrint.
The built-in print solution works in three simple steps: choose a document, photo or web page; select a printer (either on Wi-Fi or directly); and hit print. The embedded solution also offers additional, convenient print options for the user, including number of copies, paper size, orientation, paper type, colour mode, double-sided printing and job completion status.
Availability and support:
The print solution is compatible with nearly 200 HP printer models across the HP inkjet and HP LaserJet printer portfolios.
The built-in print button will be available on many applications of the Samsung mobile devices, including: Email Client, Android Browser, Photo Gallery, Contacts, S Note and Polaris Office.
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