Samsung’s robust set of phone customization tools leverages early Android 12 features


When Samsung released the 2021 update for its various Good Lock modules, the Task Changer was oddly missing. It was unclear if Samsung is continuing to work on making it compatible with One UI 3, or if it has ditched the module entirely. Fortunately, the situation turned out to be the same and now Task Changer is back with completely new features, but this is not what you expected.

Left / Middle: Task Changer settings, Correctly: Custom recent menu

Task Changer has been merged with Home Up, so now you have to search to get started. When Home Up opens, check to see if there is a Task Changer menu at the bottom. In this update, Task Changer gained some new features, but lost others in the process.

There are not many themes available right now. In One UI 2, there were almost a dozen different configurations to choose from, but now there are only three of them – list, grid and stack. The blur controls are gone as well, and the mini mode has been removed as well. Luckily, my favorite “center the currently running application” feature is still here. If enabled, the overview menu will not automatically jump to the next running application.

The new options borrow a feature we just met in the Android 12 developer preview: “Allow bottom gestures in full screen” does exactly what its long name suggests. When you are in full screen mode, you will be able to use the home or overview gesture even when the navigation bar is hidden, just like in Android 12. Unlike developer preview, this does not work with back gestures yet. “Allow Gestures in Paid Home Screen Area” does the same for the home screen if you have Samsung Pay enabled. Finally, you can adjust the sensitivity of the home screen and view, as you can already do with the back gesture.

On the Home Up home screen, the ability to back up and restore desktop settings is finally working. When the module first received the One UI 3 update, the menu for that feature was there, but not accessible. Everything is working now, making it easier to share your desktop with other devices.

Left: One UI Home settings, Center / Right: Folder grid options

Samsung’s launcher received an unexpected update this week, adding custom grid sizes for folders. Besides the default 4×4 variant, there is now a 3×4 layout. This is a minor change that most people are likely to leave alone, but it’s nice to get more customization in the standard launcher.

Updates for Home Up and One UI Home are available in the Galaxy Store, but if they don’t show up for you, we will provide you with information on APK Mirror: Home up, One UI Home

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