June 6th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150606) of CM12.1 for S3 Mini is available!

Please, test it and report any bugs!

For flashing Lollipop, we recommend you to install our TWRP recovery (available on Download page)!

Do full backup before installation and wipe data/cache (factory reset) after installation if you don’t updating from older CM12.0 release.

You need to perform a wipe if you’re migrating from software different than CM12.0!

You can get it on our DOWNLOAD page.


  • CM12.1 sources update
  • fixed wrong version display
  • toolchain update
  • Odin package updated


  • RIL (phone/SMS/3G)
  • audio (both speakers/headphones/microphone)
  • Wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with LE support A2DP
  • GPS/Glonass/A-GPS
  • sensors
  • compass
  • camera (taking photos and videos)
  • video playing
  • 2D/3D HW Acceleration
  • all native tethers (Wifi/BT/USB)
  • Google Play
  • CPU sleep mode
  • MTP
  • ADB
  • no tearing
  • tripple buffering
  • external storage
  • f2fs filesystem support
  • offline charging


  • video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues
  • less than 2% of users are reporting issues with mobile data – just add new APN manually with settings proper for your provider and apply it to make 3G working

I’d be glad, if you shared links to our download page, instead of direct links to download.
Also would be great, if you wouldn’t create the mirrors 😉

If somehow you’ll find a bug, use our bugtracker if you want to report it.

79 Responses
  • Alan Pereira says:

    Primeiro comentário 😉

  • Alan Pereira says:

    What did change over another version? And the video camera does not work please consult each.

  • joško says:

    can’t add apn manually
    every time i press add new apn notj+hing happends
    please help

  • Luiz Renato Zanoni says:

    Bug: Crash vídeos (instagram)

    • 21sdino says:

      and facebook,youtube and ask

    • Pieter W says:

      Same thing happens in AOSPA Paranoid Android en Carbon (latest version). I’d really like to have that fixed, those ROM’s deserve so much more attention in my opinion. I’d really like to use AOSPA as my standard ROM but being unable to send video’s on snapchat holds me back from installing it.

      They have fixed these problems in other ROM’s, so I don’t think it would take very long.

  • elias4ever says:

    In the settings of the applications it does not appear, the percentage of memory consumed by apps.

  • Fernando says:

    My bugs:
    Crash videos(Instagram, facebook, youtube, tumblr)
    Great work team nova, thanks 😀

  • Marco Sanabria says:

    my Google Play crash

  • Thiago says:

    Has anyone found a way to make the Spirit FM work on Android 5.1.1?

  • yorvichs says:

    felicidades mi gente pero van bien solo la falla la camara y el sin de repente no lo reconoce

  • Victor Hugo says:

    Well, first I want to thank the great work. Sometimes they appear one asshole, talking shit.

    Details that happen to me.

    – Even without being recharged, the counter keeps turning (already done, wipe / cache / dalvik)
    – When I open a youtube link to your browser, it directs to youtube, but the youtube crashed.
    – Sometimes it restarts, and sometimes is slow
    – The most important to me. When I tried to change the bootanimation in root explorer. The root explorer said that the phone was not at root.

    My English is very bad, sorry

    • Sebastian says:

      You have to grant root in settings. Hit that search button and write “root” and there you go.

    • willsoares says:

      The root problem con be fixed using the developers options and enabling root access.

    • Robbe says:

      to root your cell Victor Hugo follow the following steps:
      Settings>Developer options>Root access>Apps and ADB and you are set.
      If you do not know how to enable the DEVELOPER OPTIONS, follow the following steps:

      Settings>About Phone>Build Number> click over several times like 6 or 7 until it appears a notification that says: the DEVELOPER OPTIONS are enabled.
      Hope to be of help.

      The other questions I really don’t understand the first one. What other language do you manage to see if I could help you.

      About you tube, I don’t have that problem, in my case, with this ROM, I did not get any crash yet.

      I wait for your replay.
      Take care

  • Zibos says:

    Please emable otg again

  • hey Nova, what do you mean fixed wrong version display ?

  • Gregor from poland says:

    not works maps google.I set the route on google maps and after a while pops designated route , push navigation and turns off ..

  • Jay says:

    i have a problem here, i just flashed recent released of this rom then tries to update using this released. when i flash, it comes an error “unable to open zip file”

    • Bananaboy says:

      Try downloading it again and flash it with the TWRP recovery if you don’t do it yet.

      • Jay says:

        Thank you, but i already do it twice.. one is directly DL from phone and second is prom pc. i dont know why.

    • Robbe says:

      With older Roms you don’t get that error?
      Where do you place the file? At your SD memory?
      Is the memory working fine?
      If you are flashing from the SD memory and you keep getting that error may be, I say may be there is a problem with it.
      I would suggest to backup all what you have inside, format it, restore the file, put the file of the ROM that you want to flash and restar to recovery TWRP and see what happens.
      I have downloaded myself this ROM and did not get any error during the flashing

  • Bananaboy says:

    Thanks Nova 😀
    Here are my bugs:
    -When putting YouTube-App in background and opening it up again, if you try to play a video it crashes.
    -Video playback in the Browser app is laggy
    -Random reboots
    -Battery drains so fast!!

    Keep up the work! 😀

  • Corazon says:

    Battery sucks so fast using net
    WIFI 3g
    over all smooth scroll
    but afterall battery eater

  • elias4ever says:

    Hi! Nova!

    I come to report these bugs:

    – To restart the device, it consumes a lot of battery.

    – When viewing a video on Instagram, Instagram is closed.

    – The developer mode disappears from the Settings menu.

    – Charging offline, does not fill the battery.

    – Full support SD Card

    – And finally in settings, applications bar memory usage of all applications does not appear, here I leave a screenshot of the problem: http://i.imgur.com/XkImVll.jpg

    I hope that solutions of these problems. Thank you for your great work.

    • dominic says:

      About “– To restart the device, it consumes a lot of battery.”:
      it’s a rather big system with lots of features, it takes some time and for that uses some battery.

      Dev mode can be reactivated by pressing several times on the version number under about phone menu.

      And finally, the momory bar in lollipop desappeared, but thats not something nova could change easily. It’s a “feature” of Android 5 😉

  • Koen8926 says:

    Keep up the good work please

    -external SD card doesn’t format correctly, can’t move apps to SD
    – Spirit2 Free FM doens’t work, FM device not in kernel

  • sima says:

    CyanogenMod 12.1 and carbon on s3 mini stopped working (anything from sistem) when boot in…but omni 5.1.1 from xda works fine idk wheres problem i use last TWRP

  • Redfox says:

    In getting error 7 when I install this rom. Why?

  • Imar Marsiglia says:

    instagram closes when I try to watch videos

  • Willams M. says:

    My bugs:
    Crash videos(Instagram, facebook, youtube, tumblr)
    Great work team nova, thanks

  • Lala says:

    Problem with play store and YouTube (connection problems)

  • is still draining the battery have been unable to fix the bug 1GHz that problem in all this is annoying reason oja settle it by this problem has not been solved in any of your roms

    • is still draining the battery have been unable to fix the bug 1GHz that problem in all this is somewhat annoying reason hopefully settle it by this problem has not been solved in any of your roms

  • Jorge says:

    Thanks Nova.

    Here are my bugs on S3 Mini:

    – Can’t hide the Google Search bar, although you indicate in Settings-> Screen
    – LED indicators do not light when receiving messages
    – Battery drains so fast

  • Cagatay says:

    could you share ram & rom usage?

  • Ufuk İZGİ says:


    I have been encountering “Unfortunately, dialer is stopped.” error since I had installed Lollipop (same for all CM12.x versions). Have you ever noticed this error before. What should I do?

  • tarik says:

    Videoplayback crashes
    Please fix it!

    Kind regards!

  • Burak says:

    İ cannot move appa to SD card

  • Robbe says:

    My report of today
    I have notice since I have flashed this ROM, that the touch screen becomes very unresponsive when the the battery charge is below 20%, specially if I am either texting with whatsapp or with your messaging app, also with Facebook’s messenger happens the same, the cell phone becomes so sluggish that there is no way to do anything else. With the full battery charge this condition happens more seldom.
    I understand that this an old almost forgotten phone by Samsung, but I love it and you are doing a marvelous job for it. Keep up, I appreciate and I know that it is not easy but you will get there.

    • Robbe says:

      By the way, I have noticed that now we can decide in which memory where to store the photo taken with stoke app, great.
      I do not know if it is something new, but I just found out.

  • San Nguyen says:

    Random crashes and reboot. Fix it. Please…!

  • vope says:

    Great work !

    As requested in the topic, here are my bugs

    – Bad French layouts
    – Bad French translation due to Cyanogenmod
    – BLN Control doesn’t work, due to Novafusion kernel, apparently
    – Still torch Long on-time.
    – Still torch crashes when toggle several times… then it reboots, and I must reboot again because simcard is not activated
    – No EAP-SIM
    – Sometimes when I turn on the screen, the touch doesn’t work.
    – Battery drains so fast !
    – Slower than previous release
    – During phone call, to increase the volume, I must decrease and increase
    – Reboot when I have a phone call…

    To Nova Team:
    – could you update the link to download GAPPS, please ? It is broken…
    – could you update TWRP to ?

  • Hejo says:

    Thanks for all the work you guys always do!

    I’ve got terrible problems with the current rom!
    Gapps does hang up all the time! Already flashed newest version. My mobile is nearly unusable due to an error message, that appears and instantly reappears after confirming..


  • maimai says:

    Still, it has a lot of bugs; can’t move apps to sd card; video camera; can’t install apps from other sources other than Google play. Fix that, then it’s a perfect rom.

  • Robbe says:

    Good morning, my report of today:
    There is a new update of Facebook since 06/09 that there is no way to install it. I have tried several times and never succeful result.
    I just wanted to let you know. Good day

  • sve o svemu says:

    gave 12.1 cm supports islands nadogradnju.mislim the settings and the phone and upgrade the sistema.dali in this way can be upgraded if there is a new Android version.hanks. 🙂

  • Davide says:

    Need help, intenet doesn’t work (the process auto-close on pening), whatsapp can’t connect and say me to re-try later also if I’m connected with wifi, I tryed to recover some stock system apps like google chrome via titanium backup but it get stuck… what can I do??

  • keneida says:

    is it just me or the camo app recomended records very slow videos

  • oscar says:

    Someone knows about another App diferent to Camu to try as video camera because Camu takes very slow videos?? and it would be better if there are several apps. Thanks

  • Armanda says:

    Instagram closes when I try to watch videos, I can’t move apps tot SD and my text messages disapear when I close hangouts and try tot read them again. The stock text app doesn’t work at all.

  • MEP says:

    Here my experience :
    – FM device not in kernel (spiritfm is not working)
    – The same for NFC in i8190N model
    – Video playback in the Browser app is laggy
    – Battery drains fast
    – google maps crash a lot of time

    Thx a lot.

  • Navin says:

    I am not getting vodafone 3G in my mobile. What APN settings should I use. Help me

  • yorvichs says:

    felicidades mi gente de nova pero volvi a la version 11.0 ya que no puedo ver videos con esta version y los necesitos, pero estare pendiente para instalarlo nuevamente

  • seba Riveros says:

    To tell the truth the app is not bad. I’ve installed the vídeo camera ilusion app to support the camera problem. In youtube case installed vlc app, with uc browser. Ir works like a charm!. The only detail is that always I have to choose play it with vlc (facebook, instagram, etc). But that really don’t bothers me.
    Finally in the case of drain batery, i’ve changed the settings in CPU options to zzmove.


  • jonny says:

    Not working video camera.Please fixed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jomar says:

    Anyone here having problem with moving apps to sd card?

  • David says:

    Hay un error en CM 12.1, no soporta cable OTG (on the go)

  • David says:

    Error in Cyanogenmod 12.1, does not support OTG Cable (on the go)

  • Mike says:

    So how long until 12.1 supports all native tethers?

  • Mike says:

    Good to see some progress in performance with this release. I have noticed that the SIM Toolkit is STILL not recognized nor is access to the SIM in any way, shape or form (for fuck sake please fix this. I want to stay on onboard with these great custom ROMs your team is doing but not being able to access such a simple hardware component is discouraging to say the least. Tell me what I need to do to help FIX this problem, and I will!) Going by how DMod works, they remedy the SIM related issues by giving the option to install the SIM Toolkit on installation and system files specific to which variant of the S3 MINI you have, this tells me that development of the ROMs here are only being developed on one variant of the S3 MINI, going by the system information it is the GT-I8190, whereas with custom that works properly my phone displays it as GT-I8190N. The context menu when viewing photos with the capacitive button is blacked out, and still getting a green screen when recording with the default video camera.

    I’ll keep you updated on any issues I run into with this version. But so far, I am very impressed with the performance.

  • Yassin B says:

    still losing signal almost all the time (so I have to restart the phone to have it back)

  • Angus Dippenaar says:

    Hi. I’ve been flashing your software to my moms phone and she has some complaints:

    1) She says that her phone’s battery doesn’t last long at all. She says it’s flat by 13:00 sometimes. I’ve tried all I can, but it doesn’t seem to get better. So I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to flash the stock ROM.

    2) When she gets phone calls, the screen doesn’t turn on, so she can’t answer the phone, so she always has to phone back.

    Not being able to answer the phone is the biggest of the two problems. If anyone knows how to solve these problems, it would be greatly appreciated.

  • miami says:

    not working video camera….. please fix….pleaseeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

  • T3seR says:

    One dude.. site taked an rollback? Last built isn’t from day 14?

  • When trying to download on this page theres always an “404 Error not found” been trying all day long, any secret to download on this page or what? Please help

  • Saurabh says:

    Thanks for the great work Nova, you guys rock !!!

    Have few questions

    1. How do I transfer files from Phone to SD card . I tried using File Explorer it pops up message “Source and destination are same”. I am just selecting “MOVE” option on the explorer tab when I get the message.Similar issue was also there in Cyanogen 4.4.4

    2. Is it possible to have the apks installed on SD card. My phone has just 4Gb pf memory and a lot of space is taken up by apks resulting in device getting slow.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

    Cheers !!

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