Microsoft Garage has been on a roll in recent months, putting out some really interesting apps onto the Google Play Store for everyone to use. The latest creation from the Microsoft Garage is Clip Layer. Just as you'd expect from the name, Clip Layer allows you to clip snippets from different apps, web pages and anywhere else, on your Android smartphone to share with someone, or just simply store on your device.
It's pretty simple, the app launches over any screen (it'll need that permission granted in Settings > Accessibility), and this allows you to select, copy and do whatever you'd like with the snippets you care about. Clip Layer allows you to copy that snippet to the clipboard, and add it to things like Todoist, Wunderlist and other apps. Of course, it can also be sent through emails, shared on social media websites and so much more. It does use the native Android sharing protocol, so you are able to share it through any of the apps installed on your smartphone.
The app was developed by Steve Won, who also released Hub Keyboard through Microsoft Garage already. He found it difficult to select some objects in certain apps, as some apps have blocked the ability to select things. In the instance that you want to select a picture, and download it, or share it elsewhere, he wasn't able to do so easily. That's where Clip Layer came into play. As Won states in the announcement on Microsoft's website, "apps being silo'd is a common problem, as there is no standard way to share or pull information across apps". He also noted that there are more and more apps coming into app stores like the Google Play Store these days, but they all have the same issue, in regards to sharing information, and this is due to the fact that apps are "designed to work independent of each other."
Clip Layer, like Microsoft Garage's other Android apps, is available on the Google Play Store completely free. There are no in-app purchases at all here. It's also a fairly small app, weighing in at just under 7MB in size.