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Samsung Good Lock App Review

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.

Lock screen

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.