January 14th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.0 [experimental]

New experimental build (20150114) of CM12.0 for S3 Mini is available!

This build won’t harm your device, but things listed in changelog might not work if change is not listed as confirmed. We will make experimental builds really often. Stable builds will be released only if build has been fully tested and changelog has been confirmed.

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

If you want to say thanks by donating us using PayPal, feel free 😉

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.


  • updated CM12.0 sources
  • removed flicker [confirmed]
  • probably fixed MTP
  • probably fixed 3G connection for users with troubles
  • 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
  • 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
  • SELinux
  • offline charging


  • video taken by camera is green

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 you want to say thanks by donating us using PayPal, feel free 😉

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

143 Responses
  • Benas says:

    Can I change the quick settings tiles in the notification drawer in this release?
    Great release

  • Catalin says:

    I cant install minecraft
    The video works only on youtube and its very buggy
    I cant watch any videos.I
    want to watch twich but it doesn’t work

  • Eduardo says:

    On my I8190L:
    removed flicker [not-confirmed]
    probably fixed MTP [not-confirmed]

  • Lynx says:


    The followings are FIXED:
    * MP4 Videos are begin played without any issues,
    * No flickering,
    *Automatic 3G configuration: the parameters are being automatically retrieved from the network provider.
    * Some apps that were crashing due to the usupported video format are now working flawlessly

    All that have been stated in the changelogs are working for me. An awesome release really. Kudos guys
    ( The only thing remaining would be the playback videos from the camera, as stated by the developpers)

  • habiel says:

    When will f2fs work

  • Batuhan says:

    Beyler biri aciklayabilir mi tam anlayamadim 😀

  • Jerry says:

    Flicker is gone? anyone

  • birnet says:

    Great work

  • persianchild says:

    Kardesim diyoki bunu deneyin bana hatalari bildirin

  • Daniele says:

    Hi Still can’t connect with the PC… =(

  • haba says:

    -mtp not working
    -root not working (tested in file manager)
    –> please include supersu or other su-tool as in cm11

  • gustav says:

    3g still not working

  • Dual Android says:

    Wowww….. Awesome 🙂
    This is experimental !!!

  • Batuhan says:

    Music app is crashed 🙁 Help please

  • Leandro Sousa says:

    3g ok
    mtp not work
    root not work
    camera videos still green and random crashs

  • hatem says:

    after install it from recover or odin i have just cynogenmod logo and its stay the phone doesn’t open just logo and the arrow around it

    • Fredo Marku says:

      Not work on my samsung galaxy s3 Mini SAMSUNG I890N :/ more than 45 minutes and still loading cyanogenmod

      please help :/
      i have same problem 🙁

      • ryan says:

        i spend an hour with someone before with this problem

        1.install twrp recovery
        2.make sure
        dalvik cache
        is ext4 – you can do this be going to wipe check one of the four and click repair and it says at the top

        when all are ext4

        3.install philz recovery
        4install cm12 experimental release (DON’T USE ODIN)
        5.reboot – takes about 10 – 15 minutes

        if you want any help email me at [email protected]

        if you have facebook tell me your name through my email for privacy

    • joaofsa2000j says:

      i also had that what i did was : downloaded the original samsung rom(you have to see wich roms belongs to your country) and then flash it with ODIN then just do that thing on the start and let your device start up when its fully started and you can open app and all that download lollipop for odin and flash it and then install gapps and that worked for me also do a factory reset and wipe cache after installing samsung official rom and before installing lollipop

    • ItsPeet♡CarbonROM says:

      How long did you wait? First boot can take longer than 10 min.
      And before install; format system, cache & data partitions as EXT4 filesystem.

    • Alonso Morales says:

      You have to be very patient, mine took 20 minute to boot

    • TuraMDQ says:

      First install the Rom and restart, then install the Gapps and restart both restarts delayed about 10 min. (Wipe in EXT4)

  • Fredo says:

    Not work on my samsung galaxy s3 Mini SAMSUNG I890N :/ more than 45 minutes and still loading cyanogenmod

    please help :/

    • flo says:

      First boot can take longer than 10 min.
      And before install; format system, cache & data partitions as EXT4 filesystem.

    • denis310502 says:

      I had that prob too but just :
      1. Boot into recovery
      2.Wipe Data(Factory Reset)
      3. In advanced also wipe dalvik cache
      4.Reboot system

  • vicmx says:

    Welcome for this first Release candidate… I think, congratulations, team NF 🙂

  • Fredo Marku says:

    Not work on my samsung galaxy s3 Mini SAMSUNG I890N :/ more than 45 minutes and still loading cyanogenmod

    please help :/

  • OFIRO80 says:

    what is flicker?

  • Philip J. Fry says:

    Has anyone here tested Android-Andi’s TWRP


  • RB says:

    Anybody here using an encrypted phone. Upgraded from CM11 and formated partition. If i start encryption phone just reboots.

  • anonimderp says:

    Does USB connection work ?

  • Jorlan says:

    Video playback perfect! It used to reboot my phone everytime, and works now 🙂 only 3G still not working, but great work guys, thanks!

  • Leandro Sousa says:

    root works, you need to turn on root in development settings

  • Tommy Prud'homme says:

    Thanks maclaw, the rom isn’t perfect as of now, but it’s kind of nice already 🙂
    for those having some problems, here are some fixes:
    –Video playback: HW acceleration not working for some people (work for me, maybe just mp4, not sure) if it doesn’t work for you, download mx player then go into “preferences–decoder–software decoder(local) ” set that to ON
    –For bootloop ( stuck at bootanim): go in recovery ( ideally lastest twrp, might work, dunno) then, if your flash zip is on internal sd, copy it to external sd using the file manager in twrp. after that, go into the Wipe menu and tap grey banner (file system) and change /data /system /dalvik /cache /sd card (not external !!!!) (you shouldn’t see it, but if you do, dont wipe /efs!!!!!!) to ext4. BE CAREFULL, YOU’LL LOOSE ALL INTERNAL SD FILES ///PHOTOS-VIDEOS ETC./// once it is done install cm12 zip from where you moved it then gapps for lollipop. you’re done.

    –to copy file to phone, i highly suggest AirDroid from gplay. it allow to upload files to phone quickly and flawlessly. simply connect to same wifi as your pc, open the app, type the ip it show you into your pc web-browser then follow the steps. its easy, much easier than using usb.

    –to get root, go into about this phone, type about 8 time build number or such, then go into devloppers options, and enable root for apps. (dont remember full name)

    –novafusion are doing tons of work just to make people happy, they are humans and do their best for you, be grateful, it would be nice 😛

    Don’t forget to donate at NovaFusion team if you like their Roms. they are really nice, incredible would be a better word choice. used their rom for long 🙂 . sadly, i’m too young to have a paypal account, so i sadly cant donate :/

    • Tommy Prud'homme says:

      also, i am not responsible of any damage, lost data, poop poping out of your mic, thermonuclear war, you getting fired, or shitting in your pants beacause your Gf is really mad at you for missing her Sms. also puppy death, shiny rainbows or happy teddy-bear killing your alarm clock arent my fault. YOU, and only YOU choose to follow my guides and tips. so dont blame me if i did an error, i am human, and i dont even have my s3mini under my hand while writting this. use your brain and you should survive at this

      • Ambroisie says:

        Since you seem to know quite a lot, I’d like to ask something to someone that can actually answer me because that’s hard to find :
        I’m as of right now using PAC-rom, is it going to be updated by Novafusion to Lollipop ?

        If I were to go from PAC to CM, should I do a cache and data wipe ? And if I could go from PAC 4.4.4 to PAC 5.0 if it exists ?

        If you could help me by answering an of those questions that’d a great help, I’ll also send an e-mail to the Novafusion team to ask them.

        • tommy prud'homme says:

          hi, sorry but i cant give you any precise awnser. i personnally dont think they will update pac rom to 5.x since it is a lot of work. it’s clear that they will not update it soon. hope you find something you like quickly 😛 good luck !

  • mark says:

    Reboot Randomly but great work guys, I’m still looking forward for the development thank you 🙂

  • Joel says:

    I can’t install some apps like Ultimate guitar tabs, MTP not working, but overall job well done devs thanks 🙂

  • Gustavo Moreno says:

    USB connection to PC not working,
    video working,
    root works.

    going back to cm 11 due to not being able to conecto my phone to the PC.

  • Fredo Marku says:

    Camera is green
    USB not work
    Freedom Not work
    on my samsung galaxy s3 N

  • Leo says:

    DNG support please.

  • bagcibasi says:

    Şu MTP’yi bir yapsalar, yasin adadım artık

    Guys please fix MTP soon, I am praying every night for a stable release of Lollipop

  • Casper says:

    Is there others who are also experiencing that the battery is fully charged and after being in the Play store or another apps in 2-3 miutter the battery is completely dead?

    sorry for my bad english

  • igor says:

    Very often, the incoming call is dropped immediately after the response. Whats wrong?

  • marek9336 says:

    – RIL drops very often

  • @lt.core says:

    Dev please TWRP V2.8.4.0 for CM 12 stable release next update no bugs, support f2fs… I’m waiting from you to the next update stable release (issues: none bugs)


    Thxs… 🙂

  • Rob says:

    Third party Music player n7player stuttering worked well on previous version says cpu over worked

  • nihal says:

    3g is still not stable .most of time it doesn’t connects to internet although it shows “H” sign

  • Emanuele says:

    Good work but offline charging not working
    This update is better than the previous

  • maTyaMusic says:

    Home button not work on the lockscreen:(

  • AymenBeast says:

    thanks a lot
    no matter if there are issues or not just thanks a lot
    this is really hard work and I really appreciate it

  • denis310502 says:

    For my i9180 (S3 mini) … I dont get 3G , no MTP but at least screen filckering is removed!!! However good job guys, keep it up!

  • zeryth says:

    There is tearing on the lower half of the screen.
    Also screen cast doesn’t work.

  • Drew Wesley says:

    It sounds like you’re making good progress on getting Lollipop on the S3 mini. Keep up the good work!

  • mimmo says:

    Don’t charge in offline. Please fi

  • mimmo says:

    I8190n don’t charge battery in off-line
    Mtp not work
    Audio noto stable

  • Cesar says:

    I have problems with the launcher, sometimes when I change the page looks distorted

  • Daniel Peraza says:

    It does not work the action to move to the sd memory says not enough space in storage

  • Yeshua Flores says:

    here I am… reading all the comments before trying to update n.n

    thanks novafusion 🙂

  • chetan says:

    mtp seem to works partially when i connected my phone to pc all the drivers are installed it recognized my phone and says smasung mtp connected but nothing is shown in the pc explorer rest all the changelogs works fine if you want i can get you the screenshot

  • danushiffer says:


  • Bruna says:

    gifs and vines in twitter doesn’t work but the all is great thanks

  • joaofsa2000j says:

    i still have flicker when playing games and its alot of flicker unplayeble in some games so anyone knows a fix since it says it is removed and confirmed to be so

  • daboo2000 says:

    Hi 🙂 can anybody help me please? I’ve tried both stable and experimental versions of cm12 and it won’t update? My phone just hangs on the update process for about 5 minutes then says unable to update error 7? Also now I’ve tried a few times to update and had to restore back to cm11 each time when my phone boots up the Samsung s3 mini boot screen is now black with a load of red, blue, and green pixelated dots on it? It does go past that and boot to the CyanogenMod screen fine so just wondered if I’ve knackered my phone somehow

  • Yearning says:

    I can’t press the install button on the app installer after some installations.

  • Alex Thomas says:

    Da fuck u guys r crying for quick lollipop.. When wanting everything for free.. at least say thanks… Ungrateful minions… And btw learn to read:.

    – if you delay on rebooting u need to clean install the build.. Completely..
    – to activate root, go to dev options on your settings…
    – check often for any response and report errors at site as they want u to do so..

    “I need quick lollipop” LOL… Yeah right…

    Keep the great work NovaF..

  • Jack18 says:

    Hey Guys!!!
    Sorry about my english, but it’s terrible!
    There are 2 versions of CM12: the stable and the experimental build !!!! Can someone let me know which of these is better?
    And Congratulations for the NovaFusion team, you’re doing a awesome work!!!

  • Sayed says:

    Guys I really need a help here,I cant load my games profile ,like Clash of clans ,highway rider,It doesnt connects to my google account

  • vegetKa says:

    can’t enter TWRP :/

  • marek9336 says:

    – RIL drops very often 🙁
    – if it is turned on Bluetooth and turn wifi hotspot and the phone freezes
    – Can not install applications from foreign sources (previously it was on CM 12 :O )
    – random reboot


  • Gabe says:

    [i8190N] What I found still don’t work in the current release:
    – videos playback from apps (facebook, instagram, tumblr) doesn’t work (the app crashes) or it works only sometimes (youtube); however, MP4 can be easily watched from gallery;
    – some random android.process.media crashes for no reason and giving no problem but annoying message (eg. when sending image as whatsapp message);
    – 3G worked before, now it seems to suck battery and overheat the phone (but not always, and I can’t explain why; my provider is “3” (H3G italy);
    – there are still annoying flickes USING GOOGLE CHROME and in some apps (eg. Amazon while sliding pictures. It also did that in CM11, and it is not a problem; but it is in google chrome because you have to scroll up and down several times to refresh the sceen);
    – MTP still not working.

    Thank you for the awesome, praiseworthy work. Really, thank you. You are the best!

    • James says:

      Well they cant fix everything! They are doing a great job and if you want those things to be fixed go donate to them!

      • Gabe says:

        That’s exactly what i’m saying, I just wanted to list few things that don’t work – just because they can fix them. You should read the entire post before attack someone.

    • Gabe says:

      Edit: now 3g doesn’t suck all that battery power anymore. I just wiped and now it is fine

  • tuga says:

    Hi all,

    please, can anyone tell me how to get rid of that ugly white board on menu? is it possible?

    thank you for the release. continue with great work!

  • James says:

    Great work guys i just donated! Therese just one problem…
    In the popular game ‘The Tower’ it has some error about context3d…
    Other than that it is great!

  • Ozan says:

    I cant watch facebook videos.

  • matias tirimaco says:

    i got a question, our s3 mini just can run a 32bit rom? or the processor supports 64 bits?

  • Emanuele says:

    Random crash in some app (facebook, instagram, shuttle music player)

  • Lefl says:

    Wifi does not work 🙁

  • nico666x says:

    A ver alguien que done 100 mangos porque es obvio que no van a subir otra actualización hasta que alguien done.. Nos van a hacer sufrir!!!! jaja

  • Cleidisson says:

    3G Works No, PC Connection also does not work .
    Some applications suddenly close and Dan misplaced .
    Lock By clicking with Off Set. battery does not last nearly nothing GT-I8190L

  • tommy prud'homme says:

    please, stop complaining about the same bugs everyone reports! the rom is said as “beta” and “experimental” so random reboot, apps crashing, mtp not working, facebook video not working and all that stuff is normal, all these are said like 30 time in each release comments. we know these problems. maclaw and its team alone cant fix everything in 1-2months, do you know how much maclaw work on his roms? give them a break! thanks, Maclaw, for all that incredible work. you are the only reason why my phone isn’t in a trash. everybody complaining, please, be respectfull :S

    remember to read comments and all the release notes. personnally i read much more than this, but comm. and release post is the bare minimum stuff to read when installing beta stuff…
    i would recommend for non-dev//such to stick at cm11 until cm12 get “stable” stated

    anyway, cm11 is kind of incredible and give performance 5-6 time higher than stock 😛
    personnally, i currently use cm12 and i dont have any problems exept a SOO-FUCKIN-DANGEROUSLY-HUGE- P-E-R-F-O-R-M-A-N-C-E! which is a big problem 😛

  • Hey NovaFusion team,

    did you make any modifications to your build/core/Makefile to skip generation of recovery-from-boot.p file? i tried to build rom for S3 mini using stock cyanogenmod 12 sources and the device tree found on NovaFusion’s GitHub but it seems i’m stuck at that point… left the build overnight… didnt work

  • Hi we need a feedback with a list of issues as 3g freeze, 1ghz etc… and possible solutions

  • Victor says:

    Vpn applications do not work, hopefully they can review it in future versions 🙂 Thanks for your work!

  • Dime-i8190 says:

    yeah no flickering
    RIL working
    new music (apollo right?) is awesome

  • Dime-i8190 says:

    is screen mirroring working or i’m just dumb

  • Yearning says:

    AUDIO SUCKS!!! Music app closes randomly and i still haven’t found an equalizer that works with spotify.Also xposed doesn’t work it says that there isn’t an executable file. Good work but it gas still some pretty important bugs.

  • ivo says:

    I´m fulkin pissed off, i want to instal 4.4 again and twrp doesn´t flash not even rom manager please help me!!

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