Back in June, Samsung's Good Lock module NiceCatch confirmed the existence of One UI 3.1.1 by mentioning it in its changelog. Now the manufacturer is set to launch the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 next month, and we're expecting to see the debut of One UI 3.1.1 alongside them. While we may get fewer new features in favor of optimizations and bug fixes, the big release is still a little further out — One UI 4 based on Android 12, later this year. As we look forward to all that, several more Good Lock modules have been updated in anticipation, promising some exciting new features in the next version of One UI.
SoundAssistant has improved a lot this year, with new features like Bluetooth Metronome making it an even more valuable part of the Good Locks suite. The module is getting even better now, with tighter Theme Park integration and plenty of new customization options.
Samsung has continued to improve its update speed every year since One UI first debuted, and the way it rapidly releases security patches each month is the standard by which all other (non-Google) Android manufacturers are judged. There's still room for more improvement, though, like with the way the S20 had to wait until December 2020 for its Android 11 update. According to some recent rumors, Samsung might be gearing up to release the next big Android version faster than ever.
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Every year there seems to be plenty of articles discussing how to make your new Samsung phone feel like a Pixel. Last year I even wrote one for those of you who do want a Pixel-like experience. I don't necessarily think it's a good idea, however — if you want your phone to be like a Pixel, you should have bought a Pixel in the first place. It also gives the impression that One UI is terrible, or at least worse than stock Android. While some might agree with that, I certainly don't. In my opinion, One UI is the best flavor of Android out there, and it has lots of features and tricks that deserve more attention.
Toward the end of April, the changelog for a Good Lock update hinted that we'd be getting a new module called Routine +. The name suggested that it would be linked to Bixby Routines, and that assumption was correct. Routine + is now available and brings tonnes of experimental new features to Bixby.
When Samsung refreshed Good Lock for Android 11 a few months ago, Home Up and Task Changer were merged, with the latter losing several styles in the process. Today Samsung updated the module once again, restoring many of the old themes and adding some useful new features.
Pentastic is one of the newer Good Lock modules, allowing users to customize their S-Pen experience. The latest update adds some custom backgrounds to Air Command, as well as brightness and blur control.
As Samsung rolled out the 2021 refresh to its various Good Lock modules, Task Changer was strangely absent. It was unclear if Samsung was still working on making it compatible with One UI 3, or if it had given up on the module entirely. Thankfully the situation has turned out to be the former, and Task Changer is now back with brand new features — but it isn't where you'd expect it to be.
Good Lock is a must-have app if you own a Galaxy device. It allows customization that most users can only dream of, without requiring root or a custom ROM. While it can be annoying when major One UI updates break compatibility, it does give the Good Lock team regular opportunities to overhaul everything and introduce new features. This was the case when the 2021 updates started last month, so let's take a look at the best features currently available in Samsung Smart Lock.
Samsung has been busy updating Good Lock with One UI support over the last week, and today that rollout reaches some of the more popular modules: MultiStar, Home Up, and ClockFace. Most of the old functionality has made a return, with some new additions too.