July 23rd, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150723) 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
  • huge kernel changes – thanks to goldenguy for collecting them!!!!! (upload of sources as soon as I get back home)
  • ArchiDroid’s Optimizations ported in here – part 4 (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.

111 Responses
  • Mirko Mariani says:

    Explain the Kernel update please! SD Card ram swap?

  • Norman X says:

    Thank you!

  • Dave_ITA says:

    Thanks, but don’t forget to update CarbonLP please

  • Thank you guys but why not fix the camera?

  • ipushpeople says:

    Where can I get GAPPS?

  • DANIEL says:

    The bug of vídeos?

  • Mike says:

    SIM support would be nice.

  • Javier says:

    CM11 Kernel update soon?

  • mikelly says:


    I downloaded Omni ROM from this location since this site doesn’t update their download links here.
    https://www.mediafire.com/folder/vfyl8uk44aa7t/omni_golden This ROM is lollipop 5.1.1 and everything works except the video so you’ll need the camu app to make it work. Everything else works fine to include all video chats, no ui problems, no drop calls no slowing of ROM at all and everything works smoothly.

    Initial installation might give you problems. Clear all cache and reset and if the boot login last over 30 min initially shutdown power and reinstall and reboot. You’ll need to install SU (Super User) as you’ll lose root access. Once everything is done this thing works great. I like Carbon but this one is much better. I have been running Omni ROM on my ASUS table for 7months with no issues so I’m going to stick with them. Good luck if you decide to go this route.

  • Pieter W says:

    Isn’t it weird the BEST ROM I’ve come across here since I’ve been using this website for over a year, is a ROM build in may 2014: PAC-rom KitKat. I’ve been using it for two weeks now and I’m very satisfied with it. I haven’t come across any bugs you find in multiple ROM’s, like the video crashing in Snapchat, Instagram, … .

    A very stable ROM, with lots of customization. I really suggest you give it a try!


    • mikelly says:


      Not quite. I found Omin ROM that’s better. For some reason they don’t want me to add the link but if you do a google search typing “omni golden for s3 mini” the first url will take you to it. I’ve been using this ROM for my ASUS tablet and it has worked perfect. For the S3 mini there are only one problem with the video playback but that can be solve by using camu app. Other than that I have no issues with ui, video crashing, call hangup or slow performance. No more CM12 or Carbon for me.

    • Yizac says:

      Android 5.1 is still a developing rom for the S3 mini. Kitkat has been out for years now if i recall correctly, Lollipop just for months. While i think previous (5.1)roms had better performance than the last ones, Novafusion still has made a tremendous effort to bring the system to the 5.1 and for the most part the rom works wonders, in a couple of months the performance is going to skyrocket and surpass kitkat rom, im sure of it

    • Mike says:

      You have a weird view of what is considered stable. I tried it and it has no SiM support, so not stable. Stable implies that everything should be operating as normal, which clearly it doesn’t.

      • Pieter W says:

        No SIM support? Is that why I CAN send messages and make calls? The problem is obviously your SIM-card or it’s connection to the phone.

        • Mike says:

          No, its not. On my stock ROM and even modified versions of my ROM (BenzROM and Dmod) I have full user access to my SIM. That includes the Toolkit, and read/write permission.. Not one, and I mean one version of the custom ROMs form this team have given me full access to my SIM. So obviously it is a ROM issue, not my hardware or the way I install the ROM.

        • Mike says:

          Sending and receiving calls and messages aren’t the issue, as stated above.

          • Pieter W says:

            Perhaps the full accessibility to SIM-cards wasn’t invented in may 2014, I don’t know. But for those who don’t do anything with their SIM card besides texting and calling (and whatsapp and stuff, …), it is a perfectly stable ROM. Every ROM has issues and buggs if you want a lot of customization.

  • Witek says:

    Does it mean we have zRAM?

  • Alberto says:

    Hi im Mexican, in my S3 mini apps like youtube,instagram close when a vídeo is played. HELP please!!!

  • Shingo23 says:

    Please continue to work the camera to fix the video, thank you very much for your work!

  • Alex says:

    Plz Help!! I’m trying to download the last CM release, but every time i try, it doesn’t speed more than 70 Kb/s and suddenly it breaks when only there were like 145 mb completed. Do you have an alternate link? Thanks!!

  • Henrique says:

    Can someone tell me how to make BLN (backlight notifition) work with this ROM? Is it possible?

  • Alberto says:

    Hi with this ROM facebook,instagram , and youtube when i play a video apps close,HELP PLEASE!

  • darkfox says:

    phone reboot after turning on the flashligth while wifi is on :/

  • Lance says:

    When will be the video cam bug fixed

  • Winterdisk says:

    My capacitive buttons aren’t working, is this normal? Can I enable those?

  • robertnike says:

    when they go to resolve the matter of the camera?

  • PatrickCM says:

    Instagram, YouTube and Twitter crash fixes ?

  • darkfo says:

    novafusion plz answer how can i root this rom?

  • darkfo says:

    nevermind i figure it out that cm 12 is already rooted you just need to active it under the developer options 😛 great rom btw keep it on!

  • jomar says:

    Does the bugs fixed?

  • MEP MEP says:

    Thx Nova. Is it possible change only kernel to support NFC drivers for N version of S3? Where can I find info about it? FM radio still not working on my I8190N.

  • Eren says:

    What about battery life ? I use rooted stock rom. I uninstall stock app. If you say this rom is better than stock rom ( battery life) u flash this. Sorry for my bad english. Thank nova team.

  • Ricardo says:

    Keyboard (SOAP) crash. I wipe cache an dalvik

  • Redyah says:

    I am having a problem charging my S3 Mini from any other source than the original charger. After charging it to 100% from my mobile power bank it doesn’t go into sleep mode as indicated by Wakelock Detector. It only goes into deep sleep after a reboot. Anybody have an idea for a fix, hours of internet research didn’t yield any results.

  • elias4ever says:

    Can’t move apps to SD card! 🙁

  • Robbe says:

    Check this article that I found:Check out this drip: This hidden trick will make your Android phone even faster – This hidden trick will make your Android phone even faster http://drippler.com/drip/hidden-trick-will-make-your-android-phone-even-faster Via j.mp/drippler_app

  • luca says:

    the ROM works very well.
    But i’m unable to connect to my home network wifi.
    With all the others is working fine, with my home not !!!

  • vope says:

    Great work.
    Here are my bugs,… still the same, unfortunately 🙁
    (this is not a copy/paste, but the list of my bugs !!)

    – Bad French layouts
    – 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 slower compared with previous releases
    – bug with data/network icon (exclamation point disappears)

    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 ?

    • milda says:

      Your “buglist” needs to be updated too. 😉

      • vope says:

        thank you @mikelly
        it would be great (and easier for all Users) if Nova team could update download page with these links.

        • mikelly says:


          They won’t… This is the fourth time I tried to respond to your request and they deleted my messages. I wrote a little as possible to get it through. I’m surprised it went through.

    • Spirou59 says:

      Hello Vope,
      It seems taht you test thoroughly all the versions of this ROM. Can you tell me which one is the best for you and which one you are using for the moment?
      Thank you

      • mikelly says:


        If you’re going to stick with CM use the CM11 031515. It’s pretty much error free. The only problem I had was the SIM access. Other than that the ROM works great with no other errors and runs smoothly. CM12/12.1 are useless and for some reason they can solve the same issues. I’ve used CarbonLP it work much better than the CM12.1. The only problems are if someone calls you and you take it off your ear the phone hangs up. The video scrambles for which CAMU app can solve. No sim access but that’s not an issues so long you store your contacts to somewhere else.

        Now I use OmniROM 5.1.1 with ONE error. Video scrambles and CAMU app can solve that. NO other issues. It runs so smooth like the ROM was created for it. I’m a very happy happy person and never will use anyother ROM ever again. Do a google search for “omni_golden for s3 mini” and you’ll find it. Nova hasn’t updated the link on their website. The one omni is still kitkat when an updated lollipop is out there. Good luck

        • Spirou59 says:

          Hello Mikelly,
          Thank you very much for your reply.
          I will test Omni. Hope I will like it.
          Have a good day (or night ;-))

          • mikelly says:


            Your welcome. I have listed detail instructions on how to install it. Make sure you’re on ext4s and not f2fs or else you’ll be in a constant boot loop. That was the issues Robbe had for which I discover and let him know. Good luck!!

          • mikelly says:


            Read my 14082015 on 13082015 comment section for instructions on OmniROM5.1.1. Good luck!!

  • Nici says:

    can you upload your sources mac? i’m interested in archi optimizations for building my own s3 rom.

  • Witek says:

    Why Facebook and messenger takes so much time to install?

    • Piggeh says:

      They’re probably really big apps, and ART needs to compile them during installation. From my experiences with Facebook on the I8190, it’s not optimized at all.

  • mikelly says:


    The CM12/12.1 doesn’t have the attention that CarbonLP or better yet OmniROM has. The OmniROM works with one issue and that’s the video for which Camu apps can solve. They don’t update the download file for Omni ROM here but here’s the link for the current one. https://www.mediafire.com/folder/vfyl8uk44aa7t/omni_golden Enjoy!!

  • Robert says:

    Hey guys, how can enable SELinux? thanks for the help 🙂

  • arqai says:

    I can confirm the same bug with touchscreen not responding sometimes after turning it on… after pressing power button to turn it off and on again, it comes back alive
    BLN doesn’t work for me either, sort of got used to it though.

  • AlohaBean says:

    Instagram, Vine , Twitter always crash and also when logging into snapchat, battery on wifi runs out incredibly quick however not on wifi it doesnt go down at all! p.s please update CarbonLP

  • Paulos says:

    Default email app crashes constantly
    Unable to move apps to SD

    Besides that, seems OK for me.
    Also, for the record, some SELinux support would be very nice.
    Good work, keep on it.

    • Paulos says:

      Huge battery problems less than 12 hours of life and sometimes the phone gets into a reboot loop and the battery drains completely,
      it’s unacceptable, rolling back to 4.4.4 until this get fixed.

  • Jaques says:

    Have you already uploaded your sources mac? Want to know about your kernel changes.

    Thx in advanced

  • Cypek27 says:

    Terrible reboots…

  • Nakazaki says:

    Fix random crashes and reboot. Please…

    • Witek says:

      No random reboots here nor crashes, sometimes only trebuchet disappears and I have to force close it.

    • saygone says:

      I didn’t see random reboots since a very long time. The only problem I have now is with sim port which is for some reason randomly switching off.

  • instagram video still crash,
    bln kernel still not support,

  • Johncarter says:

    Hi! I need help please!!!! I installed cm 12.1 and my touch button (back and menu) are not working. please help me!!

  • Blue Cohesion says:

    Can anyone please upload their AnTuTu benchmark scores?

  • mahosapiens says:

    Thanks a lot NovaTeam!

    That relaese is so smooth and fast.

  • Lapawwa says:

    Hello, I can not add APN profiles. So I don’t have 3g mode now. What is the problem?

    Best Regards for Team!

  • suleyman says:

    We want to support Link2SD .

  • Evandro says:

    I can not watch videos on Netflix. The videos lock constantly. This problem has occurred in all versions of CM12.1 . You can fix this bug?

  • Piotr says:

    Działa szybko i sprawnie ale:
    – przy połączeniu przychodzącym z opóźnieniem zapala się wyświetlacz,
    – cicho słychać rozmówców (nie zawsze), pomaga na chwilę włączenie “na głośnik”

  • Evandro says:

    I am unable to watch movies on Netflix.
    I’ve tried in all versions of CM 12.1 and all the netflix lock.

  • vitaliy says:

    Why Facebook and instagram crash all the time

  • Patrasz says:

    is here anybody who tested this rom: http://get.novafusion.pl/?id=1684

    • EliMiguel says:

      como es que sabes de esta rom si aun no aparece aqui, ???

    • Robbe says:

      Hi, I downloaded the Rom and installed. The cell went into a loop of restarts so I had a backup of the earlier Rom an reinstalled it.
      It never worked the 07/25

  • Thanks NOVA I believe this release is really the best since LP came out! Keep up the GREAT work! I have to report only

    1 BUG, but fairly important.

    Every now and then the bottom menuon the screen, I don’t know its specific name but the one which commonly has, right to left, the camera, browser, menu icon, messages and dialer. The menu that sticks in the display even when changing page, I believe you got me. We,,, this menu suddendly disappears. The cell works but I cant access the menu or the specific apps. And obv I must reboot, I cannot use the mobile like this, and rebooting it works fine again.

    Is there any woraround? Has anyone noticed this? I pointed my attention for some time before posting, now I’m sure it is a bug. It’s not my phone or the hd. Has something to do with last update I guess.

    Any helPease?

    Thx again for gerat job! 😉

    • mikelly says:

      Not the best release. CarbonLP is better with minimal problems. OmiROM is much much better with two issues only. No sim contacts access and scrambled video for which camu app can solve. Do a google search for OmniROM for s3 mini you won’t be disappointed. It’s very very smooth.

    • Robbe says:

      Same problem in my cellphone

    • mikelly says:

      Try OmniROM 5.1.1. Nova hasn’t updated the download folders so do the google search. Only two issues. No sim contacts access and video noise for which camu apps works. Everything works like it was a stock ROM. Enjoy if you use it.

    • Sumthing says:

      Do you know how to access the home screen’s customization menu? You press the info button on the left of physical menu button. You just open the customization menu and it reloads the icons 🙂

  • Karl says:

    This update is GREAT! Big performance improvements compared to the last releases. Thank you very much, great work.

  • Michael says:

    Ínstagram crashes a lot, and everytime I try to watch a video on instagram, it just crashes.

  • acd says:


    Usinig your lolipop rom is realy cool
    any thoughts on ubuntu touch port?
    i have yet to sucsesfuly build a rom so one thing at a time i guess

  • Orhan says:

    Hello. Users can be added to the feature in the next version? It has also done work on Android M?

  • Niel says:

    please fix the “couldn’t move app. not enough storage space” error when moving an app to sd card even if my sd card still has about 10 GB of free space. I have already searched the internet but nothing helps me. anyway thanks:)

  • Angelo says:

    Please fix the camera issues as soon as possible..We really need it. But so far so good.Can’t install facebook app my main issue…another is battery drains so fast and over heating problem…Please stable version more.

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