July 15th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150715) 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.


  • CM sources update
  • refreshed CyanogenMod sources
  • toolchains update
  • ArchiDroid’s Optimizations ported in here – part 3 (probably last)
  • Odin package update


  • 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.

96 Responses
  • Sonny says:

    What exactly do those optimisations do?

  • nickysahani says:

    Is the call drop issue fixed???

    • klk says:

      download, install and them verify

    • Luigi says:

      Probably not, they don’t give a shit about it.

      • Mike says:

        What I don’t get, is why they don’t port the working features to the newer ROMs. I bet the SIM issues are still there too. :/

        • siggix450 says:

          Why dont u buy a newer phone with LP stock instead of complaining about bugs in a free rom?

          • Mike says:

            That’s some basic logic you have there bud. Note I was being sarcastic.

          • Luigi says:

            The call drop is one of those things that should be fixed firstly. I can completely live without whatsapp vids, yt hd or simmilar but calls are too important to be neglected. It’s an awsome rom though.

    • Entodo Ays says:

      I have or had this issue. I when looking at the Dialler settings and under Calls→Phone Account settings, there is a setting “Receive incoming calls” that was disabled by default on my system. I enabled it at tried calling my phone and this time dialler didn’t stop working. Still too early to see if the problem is related to this setting but it’s worth giving it a try.

  • vope says:

    Great work.
    Here are my bugs,… still the same, unfortunately 🙁

    – Bad French layouts
    – bad french translation
    – BLN Control doesn’t work, due to Novafusion kernel, apparently
    – Still torch Long on-time.
    – Still torch crashes when toggle several times… then the phone reboots
    – No EAP-SIM, whereas it exists on Samsung ROM stock
    – Sometimes when I turn on the screen, the touch doesn’t work.
    – Battery drains so fast !
    – very very slower compared with previous releases

    To Nova Team:
    – could you update the link to download GAPPS, please ? It is broken… and I asked it several times
    – could you update TWRP to ?

  • i prefer nova team to work on carbon and make it near perfect. plus is it possible to educate us how to build one ?

  • Gustavo says:

    Hi, they know how is working Here Maps? the last time I tried CM 12 is closed.
    Can someone confirm me if Open Camera Work?https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.sourceforge.opencamera&hl=es-419 Camu I did not like.

  • wavelet says:

    Does this kernel support swap and/or zram? If yes has anybody tried using it? If no is it possible to add those features?

    • mirko8054 says:

      No, not support yet, but i hope they do something to fix this, 1gb ram is poor!

    • Razhor54 says:

      golden-guy ha dado apoyo a zram en la release de este día, puede ver su post y bajar su ultima release Omnirom Lollipop, yo la estoy usando y va de lujo.

  • Zibos says:

    Seria posible habilitar el OTG ?
    Muchas Gracias

  • al says:

    The camera don’t record video, when you see what you record, all green screen looks.

  • Mustafa Osta says:

    as for the bugs there are still many and some are listed in the comments, my bugs are:
    – screen when unlocked touch won’t work ( can be avoided in the current time by relocking, press any volume button and then unlock)
    – phone reboots a lot by itself
    – preview vidoes crashes used app ( e.g. Instagram or vines )
    – notification menu sometimes won’t go all the way down
    – flashlight takes time to turn on or off
    – WiFi direct doesn’t work at all with any other phone, it just connects but doesn’t send
    – battery indicator sometimes goes to the wrong place when notification panel is all down

    that’s what I have so far but other than that thanks for this awesome ROM really the team is working as much as they can and I wish you the best of luck 😀

  • T3seR says:

    Ty Nova Team

    But this is mine bugs:

    – WIFI Drop -> After some time Wifi drop connection and I need turning off an on again
    – Torch reboots -> I turn on Flash on camera, or on torch or messenger apps to take a pic with flash, the phone frozen and reboot
    – Random reboots because crash cause a lose of cache -> After a random crash or reboot the phone auto clear the cache, this make the re-initialization so long and drain a lots of battery because android make a optimization of all apps to start.
    – Battery wont correct display -> All times battery full charge show only 94%
    – Video Codec wont work properly -> Sometime YouTube work, sometime crash, in my games is the same, sometimes work videos from games, some crash…
    – Phone App is so slow and lagglly -> Phone don’t turn on if somebody call me and for see I need to block and unblock to see when is calling
    – No more battery optimization -> I migrate to Lolipop because in first releases, the SO consume so much lass than KitKat, now… The battery drain a lots without causes, and I see in configs and isn’t 1Ghz bug.
    – In call slow volume -> To make it normal I need tap vol – and vol + to work properly.
    – No apps to record Videos -> I tried CAMU but is so trash, the record is in slow-motion, and other apps records green too.
    – APK’s wont install!!! -> I tried all things, move to internal, to external, by AirDroid, and APK’s wont install 🙁

    One good thing:

    – Torch reboots now leave more time do happen but, if happen drain a lots of battery because Android start optimization after a lose of cache.
    – YouTube and Facebook videos work well, I don’t have problems with that. I don’t use Instagram or Twitch to know about that two.

    A personal comment: I like so much of functions of Lolipop, for me this is the best SO can I tried on mine phone. I like so much of new volume system and new “dont disturb for X hour” or “only stars contacts can call you” , I belive this a wonderfull work and wait for a final milestone release from this SO for mine S3 Mini. This’ll the last ROM for this phone.

    Ty for all work Nova Team 😀

  • Zakir says:

    Novafusion began only to experiment from beginning of 2015. They dont care to make a stable releases at all. I think fixing Kitkat issues (which began from 2015 year: Youtube error, High battery drain, Lower performance than stock etc.) is MUCH MORE important than experiment on Lollipop.
    Untill 2015 CM11 from NOVA was BEST…. but now, its useless… CM12.1 is too.

    What about CM12.1, I used it 2 days… battery drains, performance poor, random restarts, torch startup is slow, a lot of other major bugs…

    Use only who wants to join to experiment. So The word “STABLE” is fake here:
    **New stable release (20150715) of CM12.1 for S3 Mini is available!**

    Sorry for critics, this is just my subjective opinion. Maybe I am wrong. I returned to Stock after 1.5 years of using Nova’s software. Sadly. I was waiting for reallly stable release several months…

  • Emilien D. says:

    Camera work for take a picture but dont work take video or how i do ?

  • Itachi says:

    I have one issue on the rom that published at 14.6.2015 when remove the clock widget it can’t back in center again until I messing with grid size or reinstall the rom! hope it fixed by now.
    I’m not using the phone for internet at this time so I can’t tell anything about that but twice I connected to internet via wifi and brows the net without any problem.

    can you make the material color changeable in your rom? sms and call apps looks ugly and I have to install other apps like textra and exdialer(no dropping all in this app) to scape this nightmare and the same goes for your file manager,make it light blue or something else,I don’t wanna use xposed either.

    thanks in advanced…also hope in future android M custom rom published for galaxy s3 mini too.

    I used the app here on lollipop with no problem..pico is enough for me 😀

  • Jarka says:

    Hello, hello and thank you for the great work CM12.1. My question is, if any hope of repair videos. I’ve tried dozens of applications, and it’s only the one that is listed on the (camu) But here it is jerky.

  • Marco says:

    GOOGLE PLAY crash.

  • Piggeh says:

    What did you do to my phone?! It’s so smooth and responsive! This has never happened before!

  • AlohaBean says:

    Please update CarbonLP, it has a lot less bugs then cyanogenmod right now

    • Johnie says:

      I look forward to bring ArchiDroid’s optimization for CarbonLP, too.

      CarbonLP works great and stable now. Battery performance is better then on KitKat but speed performance is not on the level like on KitKat.

  • Norman X says:

    WI-FI doesn’t work.
    Is it just me? I don’t believe so.

  • Filo says:

    Your Download -Link should be corrected.
    Refers to: http://get.novafusion.pl/?id=1681

    No DL possible…..

  • Roberta says:

    Hi Novafusion developers! Thanks for your great work. Here are my bugs:

    – phone reboots by itself expecially when the battery charge is under 10%
    – Battery drains too fast
    _ Google Play Services crashes
    _ To charge the phone with the car battery charger it’s necessary to reboot the phone with the cable plugged in.

    Bye bye

  • Nielm says:

    Besides above mentioned bugs, I have faced out to some difficulties with lower sound of ear-speaker. It is quite unfriendly to speak with someone and cannot hear other side correctly. Also sometimes can happened that phone signal is going to zero. Previous CM11 did not behave like that. Think about downgrade to previous version until bugs will be fixed.
    WIFI is down sometimes…needed off/on to work again.

  • Wow this is great! My phone has never been this smooth but there are still some bugs with bluetooth and it would be greatly appreciated if these were fixed

  • Yahud says:

    Novafusion thanks for evertyhing you have made possible on my s3 mini,i will have to say farewell as i got me a Huawei P7 as my new phone.I wish you best of luck still with fixing the video problem.
    Its been a pleaseure

  • adamkomang says:

    This rom will never done

    • saygone says:

      Correct as this is not official release. And those guys are doing what they can to make you all happy. And as it is not possible to make everyone happy it will not be completed as there will be always someone complaining.

  • Silvio Luiz says:

    The Best release until now. Great Job!

  • Jarka says:

    Video recording, please.

  • D. Emilien says:

    camera (taking photos and videos)
    videos don t work for me…

    • portista6696 says:

      you must read every thing “Issues

      video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues”

      • D. Emilien says:

        sorry for that but why it’s notice “camera (taking photos and videos)” and don’t work with the real APN ? In before MAJ it isn’t noticed.
        Sorry for desagrement

  • sc_by says:

    Can’t download!

  • Omar Diaz says:

    Wi-Fi Doesn´t work in I8190L 🙁

  • Witek says:

    So far the best release of CM, but it doesn’t change the fact that Carbon should get more attention as it is better. I’d like to ask you Macław if it’s possible to port ArchiDroids there? If so, I can’t even imagine how smooth carbon would get.

  • dimix10 says:

    Nice Rom, Best release now since you start with Cm 12.1 Great Job!

  • 21sdino says:

    microphone doesn’t work after 2 days from installation why??????

  • asleides says:

    random reebots and taking anomalus time to check the apps…back to CM11

  • Danik says:

    I have “call drop issue” only wen I force 2G network.

  • Rawben says:

    Everything works fine but videos on apps like instagram and Facebook crashes a lot and some apps force close too . please notify if there’s anything on videos bugs.

  • Kelvin Cristhian says:

    Hi i have CM12.1 and these were the bugs that I found: First my phone is a mini S3 GT-I8190L and I correctly installed the ROM, and the very first boot the lights flickered and then dimmed keys, and did not work but I am using virtual buttons and I hate those buttons, they only return to work if I go back to stock rom 4.1.2 but I’ve had enough of this rom finally another bug I found was that the Minecraft and many other apps do not are not even installing the Xposed does the installation, he says it’s not yet available for my phone, the chip signal every time some, as if he had no chip, have to restart the same battery with the screen turned off the day whole, discharges very fast, good these were the problems I had with her, meant that I will continue with this ROM because it is very fast, and brought the android 5.1.1 update for my s3 that had stopped in 4.1. 2 thank you very much and that’s

  • saeb78 says:

    Will this Rom give official version soon?????

  • CensoredUser says:

    I see that censorship on this server works. One wants to help and advise others, but comments are always deleted. It’s comedy. :))) I think you should disable comments completely and you save time spent on checking if posts match your strange rules!

  • MacNish says:

    Was thinking of getting a new phone. Mainly just sick of old JB (OEM). Man this mod is swe-e-et!!! Way better than the stock firmware I was running. Everything seems to be running great (faster than ever too)… Phone, SMS, DATA, (ATT US) Wifi, BT(LE!!), GMaps, Music, Alarms, Camera… all my regulars, not too may problems as of yet. New $10 battery and it’s like a new phone. Great Work!

  • Valdez Melo says:

    Mobile data doesn’t work for me.. I know this is some known trouble, so can someone help me?
    + sometimes chrome and instagram closes when they stay open for a few minutes.

  • SPKJ says:

    Fix app to SD!!!!!!!
    My phone memory is full!!!!

  • Just stay away from cm12.1 when you need a fully working bugfree phone…use cm11 instead.

  • Nakazaki says:

    Please fix random crashes and reboot. Thank Nova team

  • carlosortiz92 says:

    con todos mis respetos y agradezco todo lo que hace nova fusion, pero ya me parece un poco vergonzoso que no reparéis el error de la camara.

    • Juan Carlos says:

      No es tan simple, y la prueba está en que ni un sólo equipo de desarrolladores que están trabajando en ROM’s personalizadas 5.x, han podido hacer funcionar la cámara correctamente. Tiempo al tiempo.

  • ReapeR says:

    Thanks for great work guys! The issues that I encountered (most annoying for me) are;

    – YouTube, Whatsapp, Twitter and Instagram etc. videos are not working, (Crushes)
    – Crushes when browsing 9gag
    – Video problem taken by Google Camera app
    – Random restarts (most annoying thing)
    – Call drop (sometimes)
    – Call volume problem (still using temporary solution by pressing down + up once)


  • malone says:

    This rom is perfect for daily use for me. Problems with videos of course exists, but not always..

  • Tom says:

    Hello everyone, I changed the kernel to I819XXAOE2, it is an update I found for imternet. Do you know if it works well or is there a better version 12.

  • Akintunca says:

    No bug. But battery drain so fast. Please fix.

  • denInfestør says:

    just for the love of god, please fix the telephony!

    1- one or two seconds both parties cannot hear each other
    2- volume so low that i have to workaround by lowering and then increasing the volume

  • gromada says:

    I just needed to say that Carbon is simply the best Custom ROM for S3Mini from NovaFusion team.

  • yorvichs says:

    saludos y felicidades a NOVA poco a poco se solucionara los problemas, quisiera preguntar y que sea concreto ya que algunos dicen una cosa y otros dicen otra, los videos funcionan bien, osea youtube, instagran? ya que estoy en cm11 y youtube no me funciona y en carbono se me pegaba el telefono, please y gracias

  • Redfox says:

    Carbon > CM12.1

  • @lt.core says:

    Hiii Dev please Add fiture ANDROID M “MultiWindow” for ANDROID LOLLIPOP V51.1 (CARBONLP ROM V5.1.1. with fiture ANDROID M “MULTI WINDOW” DEFAULT) without flashable.zip from: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=61061093&postcount=104


    NB: Please You can POSSIBLE tuttorial & tricks study for HOLOGRAM 3D for GUIDE S3 MINI [GT-i8190]???

    Thank’s… 🙂

  • pavel says:

    Dear Novafusion,

    batery drain is the biggest issue now 🙁

  • Pedro says:

    Using CM12.1 Lollipop 5.1.1 golden on s3 mini

    Running REALLY fast and battery longs like forever.. 🙂

    but, really disturbing issues:

    Any app that runs or shows videos screens, closes by itself.
    cant see or record any video using any program: native camera, WhatsApp camera, CAMU, instagram….

    Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • alvaro says:

    Model gt-i8200l? ????????????????

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