Remember the old good days when lockscreens of Android phones used to be similar to home screens? They used to have multiple screens filled with widgets and shortcuts. Then Google decided to make them more static in nature by getting rid of fancy stuff. Now when users were perfectly content with that… we’re not sure why, but Samsung is trying to bring the old days back again. It has recently launched an app called Good Lock, which brings those widgets and shortcuts back to lockscreens along with a whole lot of new features.
Feature-wise it’s pretty unclear that what was Samsung trying to make with Good Lock. Is it a lockscreen replacement? Or a home screen replacement in the form-factor of lockscreen? Even Samsung doesn’t seem 100% sure about it.
Anyways, let’s talk about the features. There’re 3 major things in Good Lock that make it different from the standard lockscreen of Android:
- Streamined notifications
The lockscreen provided by this app comes with an app drawer. When you expand that app drawer from the bottom of the screen by pulling it upwards, you can access frequently used apps by tapping their shortcuts. You can place shortcuts to literally any app that you want to access quickly in this app drawer.
Next major feature of the app are streamlined notifications. With Good Lock, you can organize your notifications like never before in folders. Moreover, you can also set reminders for those notifications and forget them temporarily – the notification will pop up once again at the time that you set. Arguably this is the most impressive notification organizing functionality ever seen in Android ecosystem.
And lastly, Good Lock provides several widgets for the lockscreen that you can use to see your desired information without unlocking your phone.
Coming to the appearance side of things, Good Lock provides you total control on the look and feel of your lockscreen – you can change colors, layout, clock design, layout of the drawer (grid and list both available) and pretty much everything related to it.
However, a slightly disappointing part of the story is that Samsung hasn’t yet released this app in India. As of now it’s available in US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Korea and Canada only. The range of supported devices is also very limited: Galaxy S6, S6 Active, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5. Moreover, all of them must be running Marshmallow in order to install the app.
We hope that Samsung will soon expand the app to other markets and devices as well, including India. When it happens, you’ll be able to find the app in Galaxy App Store.