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Samsung's Good Lock UI is an interesting alternative version of default TouchWiz

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Samsung's Good Lock brings widgets, advanced notifications, and an app tray to the lockscreen

Samsung's Good Lock brings widgets, advanced notifications, and an app tray to the lockscreen

If you don't agree with the relatively minimalistic approach that Samsung has adopted when it comes to the default UI of its Android handsets, then you might want to check out Samsung's new "Good Lock" app. 

Samsung describes its Good Lock app as "the advanced Samsung System UI". That's an accurate description of Good Lock, which is not an app, but actually an update to the Samsung System UI, the custom presentation layer that Samsung adorns its Android implementation with. 

Good Lock is compatible with Samsung's recent flagships such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Galaxy Note 5, and the Galaxy S6.

As the name suggests, Good Lock brings modifications to the lock screen, although it also modifies components such as the status bar, the recent apps menu, and the UI of the notification system.

Samsung's redesigned lockscreen for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge allows users to place their favorite widgets right on the lockscreen for quick-trigger access and visibility. Another component is an expandable and customizable app dock placed on the bottom side of the screen. None of these features are unheard of, but they will surely appeal to productivity-minded users.

Furthermore, Good Lock also comes with a reworked notification system that allows users to group notifications into folders. When notifications are fired, they can be dismissed right from the lockscreen through a left swipe, or saved for later viewing in a "Keep" folder through a right swipe.

The notification shade has also been redesigned, is now highly reminiscent of stock Android, with the similarities ranging from the notification themselves to the Quick Settings section of the dropdown.

The redesigned Recent Apps screen

The redesigned Recent Apps screen

Samsung's Good Lock app for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge also completely redesigns the Recent Apps screen. 

As opposed to the default TouchWiz UI and the stock Android UI, both of which have Recent Apps screens which are scrolling lists of app screen previews, the Good Lock UI shows a scrolling list of the app names, with no screen preview included. The Recent Apps menu also shows the app dock at the bottom of the screen.

While some will surely appreciate the advanced notifications and the quick-launch features that Samsung's Good Lock comes with, we do have to note that the overall design is certainly not as polished as what default TouchWiz has to offer. On top of this, the purple neon accent colors will certainly push some users away. On the other hand, you can always test-drive the app, then uninstall it from the Galaxy Apps folder if you're not convinced.


What do you guys think of Samsung's Good Lock UI? Is this where TouchWiz should be heading?

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posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:15 4

2. rick_mobile (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I like

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 08:49 1

48. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


i don't like candy sweets coloured .. so kiddy

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:53

4. JoshN (Posts: 128; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


Umm...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:56 4

5. Obádárà (Posts: 75; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


... THIS IS GOOD! COULD THIS BE A TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF WHAT'S COMING TO BE?...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:59 8

6. senseiJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 May 2015)


I can't believe this is from Sammy. A lot more polishing and this could rival iOS.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:08 2

7. CreeDiddy (Posts: 603; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Looks good! Looks like they are taking cues from iOS.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:08 6

8. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7913; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wow! This could be a nice change.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:09 7

9. ianneo (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


You can change the colour scheme by going into the routines menu and change the colour, widget style, shortcuts, etc.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:29 2

10. promise7 (Posts: 857; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


"If you don't agree with the relatively minimalistic approach that Samsung has adopted when it comes to the default UI of its Android handsets."

Minimalistic approach and Samsung? LOL! Since when is TouchWiz minimalistic?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:21 2

17. TerryTerius (Posts: 1441; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


It's undergone minimal change since the S5. Take that technicalities!

But nah, it really hasn't been overhauled in a while. Though it has been toned down and tweaked.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:31 1

37. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


More like since the S4, not S5.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:44 1

20. WPX00 (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Since the S6. I was pleasantly surprised going from an S4 to a Note 5, which was 90% lag free but would occassionally hang up. Now on an S7 and couldnt be happier. The speed and smoothness is truly amazing.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:34

38. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


I've also seen some users claiming that the Note5 is more speedy and lag-free than the S7.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:43 1

12. KingSam (Posts: 50; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)


Nice but needs polish.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:49

13. Unordinary (Posts: 1013; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Very nice!

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:54

14. joevsyou (Posts: 670; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


mmm, can't find it in the store?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:01

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7913; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Link keeps crashing. Probably being downloaded 10M times.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:24

18. camhiliciouz (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Dec 2014)


its not compatible with my Note 5. according to other sites, its for the new Galaxy S7 models and not for the older ones.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 20:19

23. joevsyou (Posts: 670; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


or android 6.0?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 21:47

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7913; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well that socks
Because I did download it from the other link, but it wouldn't install. Oh well.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 03:24

36. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1469; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


*sucks

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:59

40. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


Right!

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:58

45. mjk2804 (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Apr 2015)


I tried it in my S6 edge+ and it was working fine. But it runs on 6.0.1.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:34

19. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I have to say that it looks pretty good.. Samsung surprised me with this one

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:44

21. TriniRDB (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


This is very good..... Very different... I feel like my GS7 Edge is a brand new phone

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:55

22. BLSEOTB (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


The notification bar looks great in the last 2 pictures.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 20:55

24. tedkord (Posts: 9919; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Just tried it on my Note 5. I didn't care for it, so it's uninstalled.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 21:37

25. max1c (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


It's terrible. I tried it and it needs work.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:01

41. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


It's actually good on my S7. Works fine.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:21

44. max1c (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


It "works" fine. You can't pick colors properly. Can't properly customize lock screen. If you change the style off clock some other stuff disappears. There is a bug with Nova launcher that makes pulling down menu slow. It changes recent apps layout to some garbage proprietary interface. Also, there it will keep asking to turn on your location if you have it off. So while it works on my S7E it's not good at all.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:12

27. phljcnth (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Not available in my country. :(

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:42

28. insanity99 (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


That "informations".

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:56

29. RoboticEngi (Posts: 552; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Isn't compatible with S6...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 23:45

30. AZNHA (unregistered)


absolute minimal

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:19

31. TechieXP (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


I persobally love this , this is why Samsung is the leader in Android right now, this is a awesome glimpse of the future of Samsung software design

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:23 1

32. catze86 (Posts: 507; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Great, another Techie

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:02

42. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


We know you love Samsung. Just stop being heavily biased.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 01:12

33. johanbiff (Posts: 387; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


installed it but somehow it uninstalled it self :/ needs a little work but a nice refresh overall

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 03:21

35. kevinlyttle (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Mar 2016)


I would love to try this out, if Verizon would stop being s**t slow about marshmallow updates.............

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 13:24

50. Rigbaby (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Nov 2014)


Flash the official ROM because it wouldn't void your warranty if it's from somewhere like Sammobile. Did it today and only took five minutes with no need to root or anything

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:39

39. .KRATOS. (Posts: 301; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Is that a future system UI update that we can check it now through an app

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:04

43. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


That's another suprising innovation. Typically Samsung tradition. :D

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 08:08

46. AAQIB (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Nov 2014)


i love it

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 08:17

47. gersont1000 (Posts: 277; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I like it a lot! I'm not sure I like the recent apps screen change, but I'll see when I start using it if I don't even think about it after a while.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 11:16

49. Cyberthing (Posts: 123; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


I don't like the recent apps and I haven't figured out how to put mobile data in the quick toggles. Everything else is really good though.

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