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Qus searches multiple sources simultaneously - Photo: Google Play Store

The Qus music app searches multiple sources simultaneously. Photo: Google Play Store

Choosing a music streaming service is no mean feat right now, with Spotify, Deezer and even Apple Music among the offerings available to those who enjoy their tunes. The new Qus music app makes listening to your favorite songs as easy as possible by breaking down the barriers between streaming services.

Aggregating streaming services and throwing in a global search option is all well and good, but Qus goes a step further by adding a social listening experience that may be just enough to push it over the edge from fairly useful to magically musical.

Good luck finding a better phone than this today. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

Good luck finding a better phone than this today. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

Building a smartphone that beats the Galaxy S6 has likely been Samsung’s biggest challenge so far. How do you improve upon an already stellar design and one of the best smartphone cameras on the market? You build the Galaxy S7.

With its curved glass back, larger battery, Dual Pixel camera and even more powerful internals, the Galaxy S7 is the smartphone to beat in 2016. 

What's your pick? Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

What’s your pick? Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Android

Our smartphones and tablets get better every year, and in many ways, so do the apps and games that run on them. 2015 brought us a brand new music streaming service from Apple that boasts a number of advantage over its rivals, a terrific email client from Microsoft, and a video streaming app from Twitter that has become a huge success. We’ve also had our first Fallout game for mobile, and it’s a cracker!

These are our picks for the best Android apps and games of 2015.

This is the first Note that isn't all about specs. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

This is the first Note that isn’t all about specs. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

After kicking off the “phablet” trend in 2011, the Galaxy Note series has become the bigger and better smartphone in Samsung’s lineup every year — and usually the best phablet on the market. But with this year’s Note 5, a lot has changed.

Samsung has snubbed a number of popular features to take a gamble on the new design language it first introduced with the Galaxy S6 earlier this year. It makes the Note 5 far prettier than its predecessors, but does it make for a better handset overall?

You bet your S Pen it does!

OnePlus 2 is faster and prettier than its predecessor. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The new OnePlus 2 is faster and prettier than its predecessor. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The latest “flagship killer” from Chinese startup OnePlus is getting even more attention that its predecessor. And rightly so: The OnePlus 2 is better looking and more advanced than the OnePlus One, with a faster Snapdragon 810 processor, up to twice as much RAM, and a new 13-megapixel camera sensor.

The device also comes with OnePlus’ latest OxygenOS software pre-installed, which offers a pure Android experience with some added extras.

All these things come in a pretty package that costs just $329 with 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. (You can bump up to 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM for $389.) But is this a great smartphone that’s worth waiting for?

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