HP outs world's first printer with an app store

HP has outed the new Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web printer, and it comes bounding into the market boasting two world firsts.First up, it's th

First up, it's the first printer to be able to hook up directly to the internet – and why? So it can access it's very own app store of course.

With no need to hook up to a PC, the printer boasts a large touchscreen panel that can be used to view preloaded apps, as well as browse the HP Apps Studio to download more suited to your needs.

The first app partners include the likes of Google, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks, and will allow users to get access to, and print off daily news, maps, money-off vouchers, colouring pages, movie tickets, recipes, puzzles and personal calendars.

The new Photosmart Premium will also connect directly to photo community Snapfish to allow users to view, print and upload photos directly from the printer.

These partnerships are of course open to change when the printer launches in the UK, but gives an idea of what the app store will be able to do when it does.

Of course, aside from the app store, the printer is able to fax, copy and scan as well as what it says on the tin, and it's full range of wired and wireless connectivity options means you can print directly from Wi-fi enabled PCs and Bluetooth-enabled devices, as well as your iPhone or iPod.

Set to launch in the US in the autumn for $399, we're chasing UK pricing as we type and will keep you updated. Be sure to check out our top 10 printers while you're waiting.