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

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.

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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45 Comments

2. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I like

48. MSi_GS70 unregistered

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

4. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Umm...

5. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

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

6. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

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

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2135; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! This could be a nice change.

9. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

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

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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?

17. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

37. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

More like since the S4, not S5.

20. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

38. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

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

12. KingSam

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Nice but needs polish.

13. Unordinary unregistered

Very nice!

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

mmm, can't find it in the store?

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Link keeps crashing. Probably being downloaded 10M times.

18. camhiliciouz

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

23. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

or android 6.0?

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

36. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

*sucks

40. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Right!

45. mjk2804

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

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

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

21. TriniRDB

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

22. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

The notification bar looks great in the last 2 pictures.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

25. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

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

41. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

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

44. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

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