[Android] Is this possible...

I know horrible title but thanks for taking the time.

Okay, so my experience of Android development is that I have bought a book[1] but have not had time to read it yet.

My problem:
I had a ‘smart idea’ and mentioned it to my boss in passing. We had a little discussion about the idea and then he wandered off. A few minutes later he came back … with the Sales Director … the snow ball was forming. I’m now doing a feasibility study for my idea.

So, I have been looking into what I think I need to do with Android (on a tablet) and hit a potential stumbling block. I need it to print from the App to a local Wi-Fi enabled printer. Now, I can see that there are Apps like HP ePrint that print to such printers, sending pictures, PDFs, and MS office docs, however I am not sure if it is possible for me to print directly from any App I create or not. At the moment I think that I may need to create PDFs on the fly and send them via something like ePrint.

If anyone can point me in the direction of solid information about printing from Android I would be most appreciative.

Thank you.
[1] Professional Android 4 Application Development. By Reto Meier
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First I would like to note I am not familiar with android development so not sure any of this will help. But from a bit of research here is some things that might be useful.

Here seems to be a API for android printing. http://www.openintents.org/en/node/278

You might also see if Google Cloud Print might suit your needs - https://developers.google.com/cloud-print/docs/android

Though I am having trouble finding information about this. Seems like there isn't much printing stuff out there for Tablets and Smartphones... I would say Google Cloud Print would probably be the best and almost only solution I seen that would be good enough for a professional environment.

Anyways best of luck with this.
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Thank for the links, I'll take a look soon.

I have been asked to make the core functionality not reliant on an internet connection so the Google Cloud Print may not suit, however if it turns out to be the best way to do it...

This is the first Blue Skies project I have been enthused about for a long time, I might even try to find someone at HP to talk to.
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Found a few more possibilities also.

http://www.printershare.com/help-android-integration.sdf - Probably won't fit your needs since it looks to need to internet connection.

http://printhand.com/integration.php - That one actually looks promising seems to be a good solid app with decent integration and I believe it doesn't requite internet but don't take my word on it.

Take a screen image and print that.

Hope that helps!!
toad1359, thanks but that would not be suitable.
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i havent developed for any mobile platform so i dont know how possible this is, but i know ios has air-print (i dont know if there is an api for it though). android might have something similar
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