Samsung Caxixi: Creating your Own Beat

Posted on Jul 31 2009 - 5:46pm by mrwangkai
Caxixi by Samsung
Version 0.9.7 (Beta)
Cost: Free
Samsung (Developer Info)
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Caxixi (pronounced ca-shi-shi) is an application written for Samsung Windows Mobile phones such as the Omnia. It plays the sounds of a variety of percussion instruments. The sounds are triggered by shaking the phone using a variety of gestures.

Named after an African percussion instrument , the Samsung Caxixi is the latest application developed by the smartphone manufacturer for the Samsung Omnia. You can choose from 25 different types of percussion instruments and have them each assigned to a different direction (Up, Down, Left, Right and Center). On top of that, you can record your own jamming session and share it with your friends!

The Caxixi is free to download and it seems a fun application to own. It does seems like an effort to promote the Samsung Mobile Application Store and the Samsung Mobile Innovator. Check out the screenshots and video below to see it at work!

Installation


Installation is broken into 2 steps. First you will need to install the 8k application onto your device (or storage). And right after that setup is complete, you will be prompt to install the SDK Runtime which is required for the application to run. Once done, you are ready to jam!

Design


We love the slick design that will definitely set itself apart from other application that still uses the Windows default layout. As the application is especially designed for the Samsung Omnia, there doesn’t seem to be any imagery issue with the layout.

The blue-colored theme is very Samsung. The buttons are seemingly well crafted for the screen resolution of Samsung Omnia (400×240).

Usability


The main issue with an application like Caxixi is the lag with instruments being played. For the Caxixi, that problem is almost non-existential, you can switch between percussion instrument seamlessly.

To add an instrument, click the second button on the bottom that looks like an arrow. You can then click on either of the directions to set them to one of the 25 instruments. Give is a try by clicking on them to preview before confirming the setting.

The cool feature of this application is the recording. Imagine a group of Omnia users getting together to jam? The recording will be able to create an orchestra formed by percussion instruments. Samsung calls that group of people the drum circle.

And finally, the settings menu lets you modify the sensitivity amongst other options. This almost feels like an application for the professional drum circle.

Features


  • Choose from a range of 25 instruments to play
  • Able to assign 5 different instruments to 5 directions, allowing you to create music even when you’re alone
  • The ability to record and produce your own jamming session.

Pros


  • The slick design sets itself apart from other applications
  • The smooth UI does not deter users from using the applications
  • Wide range of options to choose from

Cons


You do need to be somewhat precise when playing the instructment at the chosen direction. Practice makes perfect, give it a try today and become the master of Caxixi! :)

Should I get it?


If you like music, jamming or just fun, this application is for you. We really liked it, its as if musical education, except you are not being graded. Get it while its still free!

Screenshots


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Video


CareAce:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlczBzCAQuQ

Samsung:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBbr8qjN5p8

Poll: How did you liked the Caxixi?


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Min Req: Windows Mobile 6 PocketPCs
Device Tested: Samsung Omnia
Price: Freeware
Ratings [ratings]
Target Audience: If you enjoy jamming, music or just have some time to spare for fun this application is definitely something you should get your hands on.

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Im Mate August 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm -

    Just installed it…

    run smoothly on my omnia…but i don’t know how to play it,lol.

    thank to Caxixi

  2. Douglas Drake July 31, 2009 at 9:21 pm -

    Having problems downloading the cab file directly onto my Omnia…

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