- Samsung has rolled out a new Google Lock 2018 module called NavStar.
- The module allows users to customize their navigation bar with new icons and colors.
- It’s compatible with Samsung devices running Android 8.1 Oreo and up.
Samsung has rolled out NavStar, a new customization module for Good Lock 2018. Samsung delivered the module in a recent update (brought to our attention via XDA Developers), allowing users to make some funky changes to their navigation bar.
NavStar’s main attraction will be the new icons, seeing as they include images like paw prints, ice cream, a piece of cheese, and a cat in a basket. Samsung allows you to replace the existing navigation icons with these adorable icons, as well as add two extra buttons to the nav bar (with additional functions, like opening the camera or web browser).
Further, NavStar will let users change the bar’s layout, including its color and where the buttons sit.
This all may sound frivolous — particularly the cat in the basket icon — but it’s these kinds of features that can make devices seem that much more personal. Samsung revived Good Lock earlier in 2018 in order to offer Samsung users unprecedented UI customization options (Read more about it here). The South Korean OEM’s developments here are somewhat unique in the Android world — most third-party OEMs don’t offer such customization options — so they’re welcome even if they are of small consequence.
Now to talk about caveats: Good Lock 2018 is still only compatible with Android 8.1 Oreo and upwards, which means you can’t get this on the Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus for now. It’s also only available in the U.S., U.K., Korea, Singapore, Australia, and Canada.
However, Samsung is rolling out the Pie beta for the S9 and S9 Plus, which means some folks might get access to it soon.
If you happen to be rocking a Samsung device with 8.1 Oreo — such as the Galaxy Note 9 — and live in one of the aforementioned regions, look out for NavStar in the latest version of the Good Lock 2018 Launcher in the Galaxy Apps store.