Just over a week ago, Samsung quietly released something that could end up redefining the future address of the South Korean OEM for visual elements of its TouchWiz user interface. We are talking about Samsung Good Lock, a replacement of the lock screen that Samsung effectively launched in the United States and only for devices running Marshmallow.
Good Lock is available through the Galaxy app store for the US. UU., Where the search will be displayed automatically, although it is possible that others install it through an APK installation. However, even if it doesn't run on devices that are below Android 6.0 Marshmallow and on those that don't have a Samsung device, let's be clear.
When installing Good Lock, the first thing to notice is the strange default color accent that Samsung chose. Vers, all the elements of the lock screen have a very strange purple / dark pink accent, which is far from aesthetically pleasing, but is changeable, so that is not negative. The second most important change to find is how the lock screen and notification shading resemble the stock of Android: from indicators to icons, selection and design, all this has an Android effect. Whether it is a good or bad thing depends on personal choice. Personally, I like the design and style of the TouchWiz icons, and the Android icons are inspired and simple, but there may be others who prefer the latter to the former, so we are not making a judgment here.
Other changes in appearance are the most visible in the applications / multitasking menu, as well as in the massive customizations of the lock screen. We will examine all changes in detail and one by one, but first let's see how Good Lock can be installed.
Samsung Good Lock installation
As we mentioned earlier, if you are in the United States and have an eligible device (with Android Marshmallow at least), you can simply go to the Samsung Galaxy app store and look for Good Lock, where it appears in the search results and can be installed . Alternatively, you can take the APK from APKMirror, allow the installation of applications from unknown sources and simply install the APK. Either way, end up with a running version of Good Lock once you restart your device.
It is worth noting that Good Lock automatically takes control of the lock screen of your device once installed, and you will have to uninstall the application if you want to return to the original.
Since Good Lock is a replacement of the lock screen, it makes sense that the most important changes made are the default lock screen on your Samsung device. At first glance, the most important thing to notice is a different clock style, as well as a list of applications at the bottom of the screen. Another difference is in the status bar icons that are immediately visible, in those that adopt an original Android look, but we'll talk about them once we get to the Notification screen.
There are quite a few things you can do on the lock screen now. Swiping down from the top of the lock screen will display the "widgets" area, a space where you can add widgets that can be accessed directly from the lock screen. You can add as many widgets as you want, and they will not saturate your lock screen unless it is specifically accessed through this gesture.
When you swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen, a list of customizable applications appears. In general, show recent and frequent access applications, but you can establish "routines" within Good Lock that will change this collection of applications according to the time of day, its location and other parameters, etc. If you have tried the edge function of My places on a Galaxy S7 edge, you will find this arrangement quite familiar.
Within the lock screen, there is much more you can do with the notifications that are displayed, including some swipe gestures. When you swipe left on a notification, it will be discarded, which is a fairly standard issue. However, if it passes directly over a notification, it moves into an area that Samsung calls "Maintain", a kind of storage of notifications that you do not want to discard but do not have time to attend at this time. You can access Keep lowering the notification shader, where two buttons just below the fast alternations separate the view: All and Keep.
Whether there is a notification in the All or Hold view, you can press and hold a notification to get more options: move it to a custom folder for a better categorization, get the application notification settings easily, lock the application so that No more notifications. or postpone the notification for a predetermined period of time. This is especially useful if you want to be reminded of something later.
It is worth noting here that if you repeatedly reject notifications of a particular application, Good Lock offer to block it based on that behavior. Be sure to press Cancel and it is not good if you are asked, because OK essentially blocks notifications of that application, something I learned in the most difficult way.
Notification shadow and status bar
The notification shadow is the second area that sees major changes in its interface under Good Lock. It's totally Android as standard, so much so that if you place it next to a Nexus phone, it's hard to tell the difference. In its effort to imitate the native Google user interface, Samsung made some good changes and others that are simply stupid. For example, I really hate seal cones in Android stock, and that's what you get with Good Lock. If you are using mobile data, the two small arrows indicating the incoming and outgoing traffic are gone, replaced by a simple 4G written next to the signal strength indicator. The intensity of the signal is also unpredictable now, because there are no bars to tell you what the quality of your cellular seal is.
Returning to the notification screen, downloading it will give you the standard issue of quick changes, although the order is now different. It gets the brightness slider with auto brightness switch, WiFi, Location, Sound Switch, Orientation, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and Flashlight, and as far as I can tell, they can't be exchanged with others. When the notification tone is pulled again, some more options are added and some are removed in the pure form of Nexus, with additions including Do Not Disturb and Access Point.
At the top of this screen there is also a button to quickly access the Device Settings, accompanied to the left of the Good Lock Settings, followed by a search button and then the battery percentage indicator.
Good lock settings
While we are on the subject of Good Lock configuration, let's see what the application offers. Going to the configuration offers three main options: Routines, Lock screen and Uninstall. The latter is self-explanatory, and the Lock Screen options basically allow you to configure the lock screen background, enable / disable color and add some effects. It is the Routines, however, that are the most interesting.
Routines are mainly profiles based on the location and time you can configure, which are automatically enabled if the selected criteria are met. There is a predetermined routine that is preset on your device once you install Good Lock, and that is universal, as it is applicable everywhere and all the time as long as no other routine is established. You can make changes to the default routine (but you cannot link it by time and location), or add a new one.
When adding a new routine, you will first be asked to select the location where that routine will be applied. Note that the location is determined by the GPS signal and not by WiFi or Bluetooth, for example, so if you have location services disabled, it is unlikely to work. You can skip setting a location and make the routine work "everywhere." Next, choose the start and end time of that routine. Then, you can select the clock widget style from the lock screen for that routine, where you have a lot of options to choose from. The quick settings are as follows, allowing you to configure states for WiFi, Sound, Orientation Lock and Bluetooth for that routine. The color selection is as follows, where you can select a fairly wide selection, and Good Lock will even show you the color accents derived from your primary color to use for cones, text, etc. Finally, get the design, where you can follow the default order of Widget> Notifications> Applications, or change it to your liking.
A small note about the color picker. Remember that I commented earlier on the strange default color with which Samsung was in Good Lock. Well, you can change that, but this is the most non-intuitive color picker I've seen in recent years. It is basically a list of colors that moves horizontally without an indicator of one end on either side (although it does), and despite having hundreds of colors to choose from, it actually lacks darker color options (for example , there is no black). ). I mean, it would have made much more sense for Samsung to have opted for a standard color selection palette. How difficult would it have been?
The final area to which Good Lock makes changes is in the Multitasking menu or in the Application Switch, where it replaces the scrollable list of TouchWiz cards with a list of recent applications, accompanied by the application tray at the bottom that is transferred from the lock screen. Regulated by the applied routine. An interesting feature of this list is that if one has an active location, the first letter of the application name bears the color of the icon, which is useful to see which applications have outstanding notifications at a glance.
Good blockade – Conclusion and Verdict
Now that we have analyzed Good Lock and its characteristics and changes in some detail, let's see what everything translates. Many reviewers have hit Good Lock for several reasons, and I agree with many of them. However, keep in mind that the application has not come out for more than two weeks, and even then an important update based on the comments has already been seen, indicating that Samsung is listening to what its customers want. For a first attempt, Good Lock is a great effort, and if this is the general direction that Samsung takes, it is possible that for TouchWiz there are good things waiting.
The bottom line is that, if you have an eligible Samsung device, try the Correct Lock. Worth it. The experience is worth it. It is worth the breath of freshness that you notice on your device. For some people, it may even be worth the original Android look that it mimics, and it does well. It is worth trying Good Lock for yourself and then making a judgment. Do not count only with the reviews.