The growing use of mobile technology is having an impact on many aspects of IT, and print is one of them. As smartphones and tablets continue to grow in popularity and the bring-your-own-device trend becomes more prevalent within enterprises, mobile print subsystems are being integrated within mobile operating systems, according to new research from International Data Corporation.
The research firm says mobile operating systems are increasingly aimed at the enterprise, and this focus is driving demand for more robust print capabilities.
"Integration of print subsystem in mobile OS architecture vastly simplifies the print workflow and print experience for users," Dinesh Srirangpatna, research manager, Hardcopy Industry Transformation at IDC, said in a statement. "The print landscape is experiencing dramatic change and the tighter integration of mobile print capabilities is a positive sign for the entire print industry."
The mobile print subsystem offers users a uniform print experience across mobile OS platforms and will ultimately drive print volume, IDC says.
For example, all Android users will experience a similar print workflow by leveraging the mobile OS native print capability. While Apple has had integration of native print for some time, Android is finally getting up to speed after adding the capability in 2013. This adoption is critical, IDC says, as Android owned 81% of the smartphone mobile OS market in the fourth quarter of 2014.