Google, you just make us so mad sometimes. In case you’ve just arrived on the planet Earth, there’s something you should know: printers are still some of the buggiest and hardest devices to use.

Google’s Cloud Print actually made that whole mess just a little easier to handle, and – in normal Google fashion – they’re now taking it way.

Apparently Cloud Print has been in beta for a decade, and that’s a long time. Lots of devices support Cloud Print, and for many, this is the only way to reliably (and wirelessly) print from mobiles and laptops.

In an update to a help centre article, Google has silently announced that they will be ceasing the Cloud Print service from December 31 2020. So yes, we have a little over a year to find a replacement.

In all honesty, I have purchased my last few printers to ensure Google Cloud Print capability because it was just that handy, especially for printing from ChromeOS and Android. Now with Google bringing native printing to Chrome, it seems Google wants to expose more of the world to the pain of suffering of installing and maintaining print drivers.

It seems this is just another example of nothing good lasts forever, and never get too invested in a Google Product or service. You just don’t know what they will pull next. I guess the Google graveyard just got another occupant.

Source: Google.
Source 2: 9to5Google.
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Ray
Ray
11 months ago

Don’t rely on Google. Stadia is next and pixels.

Ray
Ray
11 months ago

Be on the lookout. Google stadia is next in 5 or 10 years

Justin Virly
Justin Virly
11 months ago

I don’t understand. Will you be able to print from ChromeOS or Android still?

Chris Rowland
Ausdroid Director
Reply to  Justin Virly
11 months ago

Yes, if your printer has a native driver.

S Kris
S Kris
11 months ago

Aaaarrrrrrrr!

Can we setup a Class Action against Google for this? Come on Big End Of Town Lawyers, this is bigger than J & J putting asbestos in talcum powder.

Michael
Michael
11 months ago

It’s hard to understand google logic , for a company that has done some really cool stuff , often they leave you asking , why google ?

les
les
11 months ago

I also always only bought printers if they worked with Cloud Print. Now Google is taking it away.

Cloud Print supports older Chromebooks that still work well. It also allows you to print remotely. How will those situations be solved by printer drivers?

Deej
Deej
11 months ago

I’m starting to learn not to love anything Google puts out too much anymore. Another useful solution joining the likes of Inbox….what Google giveth, Google taketh away!!! 🙁