February 27th, 2016
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20160227) 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 updated to latest version
  • toolchains update
  • remade build tree for better stability
  • repatched one more time
  • updated bt driver
  • 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


  • no so far

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.

130 Responses
  • Darren says:

    first to comment

    thanks nova

  • Michael says:

    Thx! Test it…

  • xkirnel says:

    Thank you Novafusion and really i look for a F-kernel mix with Nova-kernel to get an amazingly stability and performance’s to our device 😀

  • minutibi says:

    Thank you for you work!

  • Gerus says:

    I say it again the only thing left here is OTG support^^
    but great work guys

  • RJL says:

    Thanks for your work , I want to know because I Performance tab does not appear …

  • David Polly says:

    I still awating for a functional “native” Wi-Fi Direct

  • Andri says:

    Get error 504 installing Facebook and other apps. Other error codes come out when installing or upgrading applications

  • Installing the ROM right now. During the procedure, I realized something. The custom binary is 27 acount. I wonder if there is some limit the amount of times you can install roms. I thank those who help me.

  • This feels good , to be able to use lollipop on s3 mini which has for sure the basic functionality working.
    I notice that hispeed_freq is changed to 1000Mhz for interactive governor, so novafusion is polishing the details. Good work men. Greetings from the Netherlands.

  • RadekN says:

    Performed factory reset, but after installing of this release and OpenGapps Mini, Google Play services keeps crashing. What am I missing?

    • RadekN says:

      Turns out that it was caused by previous version of Gapps unintentionally left on device. Performing of factory reset is not enough, when updating from previous (CM11) version, the /system partition also need to be mounted and wiped prior to installation of ROM and GApps.

  • Elvitek says:


    1. When the phone is off and charging, don’t see the animation of the battery charging.
    2. It’s impossible to install the official Facebook app (Only the Facebook Lite app works or apk, no Play Store).
    3. The app will not move to sd card (I mean the native app2sd, not Link2sd or other)

  • Elvitek says:


    1. When the phone is off and charging, don’t see the animation of the battery charging.
    2. It’s impossible to install the official Facebook app (Only the Facebook Lite app works or apk, no Play Store).
    3. The app will not move to sd card (I mean the native app2sd, not Link2sd or other)

  • Seydou says:

    how to update from previous release without losing data? just flash through twrp? or odin?

    • tomas says:

      i use twrp. data and settings not losing.
      after flashing, install open gapps and supersu.
      after install supersu, press button “clear cache and dalvik cache”, and reboot.
      First start long – generating dalvik cache

      One time i pressed “clear data” in twrp – apps and settings clears, but save my personally data (internal flash not clears), and fully saved sdcard (external flash).

      Before flashing make backup setting some apps on sdcard – firewall, phonebook, tasker. And do save application list (i use screenshoots).

    • Piggeh says:

      Wipe /cache and /dalvik-cache, then just flash the new ZIP. You shouldn’t lose anything.

    • Even though you won’t lose anything if you do it the way Piggeh is telling you, you should still make a TWRP backup just in case flashing the ROM fails and you soft bricked your device.

  • Jeffrey says:

    -Hello, I have a I8190N, I had installed old version and no longer starts, but inside TWRP, I can not format or install the rom
    -from the download mode leaves a red line which says: movi_write card_status: 2
    -within the recovery in the log shows several red lines with “E: error: I / O error”
    Does anyone know a solution?
    Excuse my English is bad, very bad (Translated by google translator)

  • Rojae Beckford says:

    Thanks Nova Its working well

  • Killerbreu says:


    – Gapps 5.1.1

    – flashlight

  • Try my gapps which is stripped. It only has the minimum Google elements.
    If you need more Google crap you can download it from Google play.
    For me this gapps works great 🙂


  • Klaus says:

    Wow – got an error using the reply function 😉

    However – what I was going to say is: Great! However the fb-issues still seems to be there (as commented above). Any glue why this is the case…?

    I have another big plea: Could you privide us with “step by step” guidelines how to install this version, once we have already installed the previous version (20160210). Is it a complete new install, just as moving from Android 4.1.2 to 5.1.1…?

    Big thanks in advance!

    • Pancho says:

      There do seem to be many random errors and crashes in the Rom, oh well. Anyway, fb does eventually install after many attempts, my phone crashed, rebooted and there it was.
      From what I understand you could do a dirty flash, (only clear cache, not all data) but I could be wrong, haven’t tried it yet. I’ll give an update when I do :D.

  • Akim says:

    Dear NovaFusion. Many intuziasty updated Sony smartphones to version 6.0.1 , and also try to update and other many brands of telephones , but S3 mini rests only on you. I question whether we ( the owners of S3 mini smartphones ) opportunity to try and feel the power and beauty of the whole , Android 6.0.1 operating system in the near future . Izviniyayus for not knowing English.
    Sincerely Osmanov Akim Enverovich .
    P.S. Google Translate

  • Basman says:

    I have just made a factory reset and the phone stopped booting I just see the twrp screen turning off and on and I tried to install cm12.1 by odin and still got the same problem
    please help if you know and thank you Nova team you really do a great job

  • Son Agent says:

    Same issues that come crawling from previous versions, Offline charging battery display wont work. This issue made me to go to the factory rom. Please solve this and i will be back as soon as i can! Other issues known, facebook app from the play store wont install. Thanks for all the effort nova.

  • Mohamed says:

    Great Job Nova Team 🙂
    Please Can You Tell Me How Can I Install This ROM By Using Recovery
    Thanks You

    • Bomilkar says:

      Using TWRP (a recent release, of course):
      1. reboot the S3-mini to Recovery (you should see the TWRP logo)
      2. download the ZIP file to your PC
      3. connect the S3-mini to the USB of your PC
      4. copy the ZIP file to the S3-mini (and remember the location)
      5. eject the S3-mini from the PC (safe disconnect USB)
      6. tap on the “Install” button (which is in Recovery mode with TWRP running)
      7. select the ZIP file and start the installation
      8a. if this is the first time you install 12.1. then install the proper GAPPS 5.1 ZIP
      8b. if this is the first time you install 12.1 you better “Factory Reset” before Reboot
      9. Whip Cache and Dalvik
      10. Reboot to System (this is when you quit Recovery mode)
      11. Now you should see the CM Logo for a few minutes until it starts “updating all Apps”. This may take LONG, but you should see how it’s counting.


  • Elvitek says:

    Another issue: It’s impossible charge the phone when is of because the phone turn on without reason

    • Luis Fernán says:

      Try not plugging the phone when you’re turning it off. Once the phone is totally off, plug it. Don’t worry if “nothing visual happens”, it will charge. If, by any chance, it seems that the battery didn’t charge when you turn it back on, then restart.

  • chuca says:

    Please, fix bugs:

    1 – offline charging

    2 – factory reset (menu – Android), error boot twrp.

  • wfd says:

    I guess the problem is, that there is not “the” Wi-Fi Direct. There are different standards and some of them probably even licensed. As far as I tried, you cant even connect a nexus 4 to a samsung phone because of that

  • Enrib says:

    Front camera crashes

  • barack says:

    S3 mini android 6.0 release pleaseeee!!!pleaseee!!!!!(cyanogenmod 13)

  • David Polly says:

    There is a adapted version of S3 mini’s stock camera?

  • Exavold says:

    Are you ever going to port a CM13.0 or Marshmallow 6.0 ROM for the S3 Mini ?

  • My mobile data doesn’t work. Tried to wipe and reinstall 5 times with no sucess. Than i went back to 4.4.4 and mobile data worked again. I don’t know what’s happening. Still good work guys

  • Osman says:

    Hiii… First: THANKS, we’re near to get a clean version. Buuut, i can’t make screenshots, offline charging isn’t working, i can’t root my phone. I got i8190N

    • Pancho says:

      Screenshots are power button+volume down… Also offline charging does work although there isn’t an animation, though sometimes a bug does cause it to malfunction

    • meiner says:

      mentioning root: there is a hidden option, whereyou can enable root for apps (and more). Google it.
      (I had the same problem coming from 4.4.4; it was a hard thing to find out that solution 😉

  • Pancho says:

    Invoice volume very low

  • LUIS MOHA says:

    apology when launched an upgrade kit kat 4.4.4 please .


  • SteDolphin says:

    Hi there, I have the same issue as above described. Switch of the phone completely. Wait few seconds and plug in. It turns on again. Left the phone plugged, switch it off, I can see for few seconds the round icon when is calculating the battery percentage and it switches itself on again …

    Another thing which would be very appreciate is the charging icon battery when off.

    I also have a feature request … the MusicPlayer it is very good, but I really miss the possibility of choosing / sorting songs by folder.

    If you have the chance take a look to the Honor 7 music player 😉

    TKS a lot guys it’s a superb work … really love the CM 12.1 it gave new life to my SIII mini

    Hope this few “bugs” will be fixed


  • meiner says:

    How to get root access (e.g. for titanium backup) after flashing this rom?

    background: coming from 4.4.4 with root I want to live without play store from now on…
    so I have made a TWRP-full-backup (just in case something goes wrong) and also a backup with TitaniumBackup (all apps, system…); both on sd-card.

    Now I want to flash ne new custom rom, get root for TB and restore some tools, calendar, sms and so on.
    But I’m stuck at getting root:
    I’v tried http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu-stable which get’s me to “UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.65-20151226141550.zip” –> in TWRP it reporting “Boot Image: not found, aborting”

    any help is appreciated

  • Wanderson BM says:

    I can not download , always the error , and the initial rate of download is only 20k . 🙁

  • Reporting problems says:


    1. When the phone is off and charging, do not see the animation of the battery charging.
    2. It is impossible to install the official Facebook application (only works for Facebook Lite apk or applications not Play Store).
    3. The application will not move to SD card (I mean the native app2sd, not Link2SD or other)
    4. S3 Mini GT-i8190L is not giving the ship network signal
      Come NovaFusion towards official rom mini s3 will end these problems, official this great work! Hug!

  • Diego says:

    Mobile data doesn’t work for some Brazilian carriers, such as “Vivo”, and others in latin america. not all of them.

    • cab says:

      you just have to checked vivo VPN. Surch it on the google. I did that and my mobile data is working now.

    • Cara o meu é VIVO e não funcionou. Porque será??? Conseguiu arrumar??

      • Diego says:

        Não mano. Tá assim desde de o começo, na 12.1. Ta tudo certinho, com exceção do 3G/2G. Já tentei de tudo mas, não funciona. Acho que são os arquivos de configuração de rede nas pastas do sistema que contém erros.

        • kaio says:

          eu também uso vivo, mas aqui funciona perfeitamente.. vc já checou a vpn pra vê se ta tudo certo?

          • Diego says:

            Tudo certo. Mas não funciona nem 3g nem 2g. Fica só um ponto de exclamação em cima do ícone de sinal. E na ROM original funciona. Quais suas configurações de apn mano?

  • xego says:

    bln mode ?

  • Miguel Dans says:

    Thank you very much!
    It works perfectly in my Gt I8190

    I have some questions.

    1st is about the logs that are from novafusion stored in my phone, do I need them? Or can I delete them?

    2nd is about that I can’t see on your web a donation button or something like that, except for an old account for paypal that doesn’t work anymore!

    3rd Anyone has a problem recording voice calls? I installed the CM settings, and i can record voicecalls but the voice of the person I call is really low and mine is clear.

  • Andrew says:

    Installed the 20160227 release just yesterday.
    Still approx. 2 sec. silence after picking up the phone call and also volume is very low.
    No other issues though.

  • Luis Fernán says:

    I hope people can read this. For all of you who can’t install facebook through the google play, download it from http://www.apkmirror.com I did it and it works fine.

  • Frank says:

    Works great. No issues, so far. I8190N.

  • Aiden Thomas says:

    Love this rom just a few issues native app to sd doesnt seem to work and also problems with video playback

  • Gerus says:

    OTG support please

  • tsdogs says:

    Bluetooth still turns off after a while, and only a reboot can take it back on.

    • Bomilkar says:

      Yes, that is true on mine as well. I wrote this to the forum a couple of times in the past, without any answer. Bluetooth worked in CM11.0 but CM12.1 has this issue since the beginning.
      I’m VERY interested in getting a fix or finding a workaround for this problem.

  • galang says:

    VpN not works

  • Why can not I see my contacts that are saved on the SIM card?

  • Eli Jus says:

    Hello, nobody,nowhere and never can solve offmode charging with CYANOGENMOD roms. Official versions got the same problem. It’s a big big problem for totaly perfect roms. Can anybody solve it? It’s kernel+bootloader bug. CM13 don’t have this bug any more. I have tryed many phone models for this anoyng bug, about 60% phones got it.

  • jhonny sins says:


  • T3seR says:

    thanks for that hard work,

    for now my bugs is tree:

    1: the phone consume too much battery.
    2: I don’t find the performace in settings menu and don’t find in dev options how to enable
    3: Search engine dont work on settings. I tried all but nothen appear if I search key words.

  • Netinho says:

    For brazilians users with problems in mobile data, set as follows:
    Para usuários brasileiros iguais a mim com problemas nos dados móveis, sigam as configurações:

    APN: tim.br
    User: tim
    Pass: tim


    APN: zap.vivo.com.br
    User: vivo
    Pass: vivo


    APN: claro.com.br
    Username: claro
    Password: claro


    APN: gprs.oi.com.br
    Username: oi
    Password: oi

    I hope to help you solve this problem
    (Sorry for my bad english)

  • natnat says:

    how to download m12.1_golden.nova.20160227.zip ? plsss help me 🙁

  • Eas says:

    Keep up the good work.
    My phone is death , i think. Im to blame.
    After Flashing it says RST_STAT 0x00000 and he wont boot.
    What can I do. I tried to flash original rom.
    Cant connect to my comp beq. connector is bad so i have to do it in recoverymode.
    Can I save my phone ??? or do I have to bury him?

    • Frank says:

      It happens sometimes. Unplug the battery and reboot. Repeat, if necessary. Reflash Novafusion ROM. It will jump back to life eventually…

  • Wow! Yeaaaahaaa!

    Really wonderful what you guys are doing with that old bitch of a phone!
    And so I was right, when I said you where able to fix this camera thing, years ago 🙂
    I’ll send you another donation soon!

  • Kelvin Carvalho de Oliveira says:

    Tanks Nova Good Work

  • adal says:

    Hi, how are you? I’m from Argentina and my English is not good
    I like the page and under followed soft for my s3 mini
    will actualize to 5.1.1 the phone walks of wonders the only problem is that no
    load off, when I connect the charger lights, I wonder if you can solve, thank you very much

  • Andrés says:

    it’s works for my S3 mini GT-i8200?

  • Gerus says:

    The main problem is that the phone uses too much energie (In some releases it was better than now)
    And It needs OTG support!!!!!!!!!!

  • javier says:

    Whatapps call with problem. Works only on speakers.

    • rarriolalc says:

      I had this problem but it is because of Google Now is blocking the micro and waiting for you to say “o. K. Google “. You have to disable it in the settings for Language. It shouldn’t work on every screen. Then Skype will work properly again.

  • It’s working great 😀

  • Olaf says:

    Is there any reason why this version (20160227) is not BLN enabled?

  • khat says:

    Why all recorded conversation apps aren’t working in cm12 and in cm11

  • Michael says:

    Just curiuos…Are you guys still working on CM 12.1 or just on CM 13 now ?

  • Hernagon says:

    Great work Nova!! For those who wants to improve battery performance, i recomend use of Greenify and DisableService apps. Disabling all google play services will improve a lot the perfomance. Now i can use my phone for at least 24hs, with a normal use.

  • Hernagon says:

    Here is the bug i found.
    1 – Sometimes screens hungs. I have to block the screen with the power button, an then when i unlock it, it starts to respond.

    The rest seems ok.

  • Amine Bachir says:

    thanks Nova you are the best website ever XD hopping stable cm 13 will be released soon

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