April 12th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150412) 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)!

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.


  • CM12.1 sources update
  • reintroducing linaro toolchain
  • f2fs bugfixes
  • better low incall volume patch (@Meticulus)
  • 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 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.

131 Responses
  • SDK SMD says:

    i wish this release fix some bugs and i wish can move apps to sdcard in this release or in a future release tx and great jobs

    • Black Poison says:

      Its just happenning with me or maybe with others I’m not sure.
      But here are some bugs.
      1. I have a pattern lock and when i connect the charger to the phone it wake up directly to the home screen without even asking for pattern.
      2. When {(Instagram) maybe with some other apps too}notification came it stay open until lock button pressed.
      3. It wake up without pressing lock or home button when left at sleep.
      4. Connecting charger and using browser makes the home screen full black and restores same when reboot.

      Please fix this.. Specially screen blackout when using browser while charging and waking up of device without our command

  • No video fix the rom is a shit

    • tmantti says:

      Try to make better if you dont like this. You can get this for free. Its not so stable than stock but you cant even get KitKat to your device via samsung.

    • Clannad says:

      Stfu and go fuck yourself he does it voluntarily

    • Tura says:

      You are a Shit if don´t like this rom use the stock and do not break the balls. Good luck.

    • Me says:

      Fix it youself then. Oh wait, you have no idea how, shut up then.

    • saam says:

      ” video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues ” before you say that read this notice in issues . this team is the best developers roms so don’t say that

      • webwiller says:

        A team of excellent developers gives us a “present” which is actually TOP CLASS, making the latest & best Android S.O. work in a phone which should still run Jelly and you don’t complaint, you insult people hard (and great) work! Stop & think before writing down your bullshit, if by the way you have a brain somewhere.

        Last but not least, as saam wrote just above, if you simply download the app “Camu” and use that your video’s will be great.

  • sc_by says:

    OmniROM 5.1 from golden-guy is way better.

  • Radim says:

    I still have a problem with the volume during a call.
    Volume down, then up, and the volume increases.
    Other still fine.
    Please repair .. 🙂
    Thanks to NOVA.

  • saygone says:

    Got a boot loop after upgrading via recovery – got to restore previous version.
    I will check via ODIN later today.

  • jeffrey says:

    The phone is restarted at times someone else? (my English is bad, sorry)
    Se reinicia el telefono por momentos, alguien mas ? (mi ingles es malo, disculpa)

    • Jenry gordillo says:

      no a mi me corrida nitidamente, tal vez tengas que borrar cache hay apps para eso y borra la davilk cache desde twrp

    • rbgm says:

      yeah, the release isn’t as stable as for example cm11 but that’s normal as it was published much earlier and there was much more time to fix bugs
      I’m pretty sure quality of cm12.1 will increase as well over time
      and as Jenry gordillo said try to clear the cache – this oftentimes helps

      es correcto que este versión de cm no es tan estable como por ejemplo cm11. Pero eso es normal porque había mucho mas tiempo para corregir errores. Claro que la cualidad de cm12.1 aumentará
      Y cómo Jenry gordillo dijo prueba borrar el cache – eso normalmente ayuda (mi español es malo, disculpa)

    • Florian K. says:

      At me, It was a bad battery. If your s3 mini suddenly reboots and then shows about 0-11% battery state, your right. Just change your battery

  • gh0st says:

    Very good release… Smoothhh like butter

  • When Update CM11??
    We Are Waiting For New Update CM11,
    Sorry for bad english..

  • JB says:

    What about the heavy battery drain coming from google play services (SystemUpdateService)? many users i found came up with the that issue. It’s related to massive wakelocks. I hope someone has fix for this otherwise the ROM is not really useable…

    btw. great work. is there way to get OTA-updates than the download-copy to sdcard-flash variant?

  • did says:

    Hi, thanks for this release. I found some bugs. I can’t add contacts in my favorite list, it works with some but not with most of them, when I press on the star, nothing happends.
    I also have a bug with SMS app. It doesn’t recognize contacts when phone number beghin with +33. I didn’t have this problem with the previous release. Thanks.

  • Navin says:

    Please provide me CM12.1 Gapps download link.

  • chetan says:

    Can anybody confirms that in call drop has been fixed

  • Jonard14 says:

    I can’t install xposed alpha.zip for this rom .. please fix thanks 😀

  • Jimmy says:

    Does Candy Crush Saga work???

  • WaurufEx says:

    Did Novafusion drop the other projects? (Ace 2, S Advance). Are they only working on the S3 Mini then?

  • leonardo says:

    can anybody tell me if they fixed the problem when i try to see instagram or facebook posts and when it reproduces a video or anything it kicks me out of the app?

  • Alex says:

    Hello guys, after test for one day this release of CM12.1, I have got to say that is very stable, very smooth, without any lag and without any call drops for the time being.
    The only bug that I have it was with flashlight, but for me it’s a minor bug.
    Keep this wonderful job nova team.

  • vope says:

    Great work !

    As requested in the topic, here are my bugs

    – Bad French layouts
    – Bad French translation due to CM12.1
    – BLN Control doesn’t work, due to Novafusion kernel, apparently
    – Flashlight Long on-time.
    – No EAP-SIM
    – Calculator doesn’t work very well

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

  • Joe_APXC says:

    Flickering is gone, Call drop issue still exists, i think its a CM fault, right? Please tell us when its fixed 🙂 Pre Installed Gapps also don’t work since cm 12.1, i can’t find Gapps for this ROM, the Link is broken. Any Ideas?

    Great Work, thank you nf!

  • SDK SMD says:

    wanna ask if lucky patcher work in cm12.1 for moving apps to sdcard? any one have testing it in? tx all

  • tmantti says:

    On incoming call i cant hear person who calls and he cant hear me. (Looks like speaker and microphone dont work on incoming call) If i call all works fine.

  • Hi!

    I just installed the latest update 20150412

    * In the previous version had errors 20150406 unable to send SMS through the application Google Messeger. Apparently it has been solved.

  • Diego says:

    I have problem when I call for someone using some app (viber, messenger …) is only possible to use the speakerphone because when I use the headphones to call to another person listening your own voice.

  • Pixel says:

    Fix Video Recording.

  • adrians says:

    Po długiej przerwie udało mi sie zreaktywować mojego s3mini(wymiana wyswietlacza) i pojawił sie problem
    nie działają przyciski back i menu(home działa) na stockowym sofcie jest ok. Miał ktoś podobny problem?

  • Helmut Jarausch says:

    I’ve upgraded from Carbon 4.4.4 to this CM12.1
    The device seems to boot normally BUT I don’t have root access.
    I flashed CM12.1 with TWRP 2.8.0 (from this site)
    Many thanks for a hint,

  • radim says:

    Another problem, the failure of 50% of incoming calls ..
    Call volume is still low ..
    Please repair 🙂

  • omri says:

    As for the low incall volume I think it quit good not perfect still, because you have to play with the volume up and down to get the maximum volume.

    Still low incall volume with speaker please fix it.


  • Olap says:

    where is the smart lock?

  • matias tirimaco says:

    i change my s3 mini for a s4 mini some days ago, but i keep looking here, keep the great work NF

  • Sonny says:

    umm, I just tried out this version and I have no problems with the default camera app. It takes pictures that are completely fine…

  • darren says:

    unable to install new update just hangs on new start up screen. I have factory reset and all other normal checks, has anyone else had same issue (20150412) not installing


  • rahatipoor says:


    this is excellent rom
    but i have some bug :
    dialer crashed when i answer call
    battery icon not have animation when add charger like cm11
    samsung sidesync app doesnt work
    otg doesnt work

    thanks a lot

  • Hi!

    Latest update 20150412 report.

    * Camera Stock y Google no graba vídeo.
    * Live Display no funciona en Modo Automatico.
    * Smart Lock no funciona con Face Lock.
    * Very low volume of incoming calls.
    * Interface issues in Google Chrome.

    * Greater fluidity.
    * In the previous version had errors 20150406 unable to send

    SMS through the application Google Messeger.

    * Add Ambient Display (Example: OmniROM 5.1 20150405)

  • tas0s says:

    20150412 report
    *selection of text battery not showing when is charging.
    *the torch had bugs
    *i couldn’t find the gapps!*critical*

  • dan gross says:

    Thank you Nova!! I owe you my life…

    Still having an issue installing in f2fs:
    Can’t install this ROM in f2fs. I formatted /system to f2fs in TWRP but when trying to install it always converts back to ext4. I get these lines:
    detected filesystem f2fs for /dev/block/mmcblk0p22
    detected filesystem ext4 for /dev/block/mmcblk0p22

    Anyone found a solution to this problem?

    Thank you again! Nova.

    • Elmario says:

      I think it’s just not supposed to run from a f2fspartition, yet. You can already use f2fs for data and cache partitions though.

    • dan gross says:

      Did it.
      Also having the following issues:
      + gesture typing not working
      + google search crashes when trying to search
      Is it just me or this release?

      Thank you again,

  • Does offline charging work in this build?

  • pablo says:

    I have problems with vpm any solution?

  • Esman Juarez says:

    the app music don´t work

  • wilson says:

    the bug i facing is :
    icon will disappear in second page home screen.
    icon in folder will disappear

  • vicmx says:

    3 hours and battery stay on 97% of charge. Maybe a bug?

  • Michelangelo says:

    – Does not appear the Bayley MP in charge
    – In the downloads section the TWRP version is 2.8.0 , and in network is the which install?
    – For me, the volume is good

  • Sutura says:

    I flashed it today over CM12 (5.0.2) and I am not happy. It keeps saying “Unfortunately Youtube has stopped working” , like all the time. I had to uninstall the APP. Google play services is out of luck too. It says it’s not supported. The download link for GAPPS leads to a closed thread now. I have to investigate.

    • Sutura says:

      EDIT: problem solved with no loss of data. I installed the proper GAPPS for 5.1 and everything is smooth as butter. I think it runs better than 5.0. Well done, NovaFusion. I think the Bluetooth needs some work though. I use Plantronics Headset and sometimes when I pick up, the sound comes from the phone, I switch off the headset then switch on and picks up the signal.

  • Uğur Taşkın says:

    Everytime i reboot the phone it optimize the apps bunch of time than open like for a half an hour i didnt understand why. Thanks nova.

  • robert says:

    when i try to install it, it says unable to open zip file i also tried redownloading it because maybe it was a bad download but it still says “unable to open zip file” how do i fix this?

  • Arhin says:

    thanks for your good work but am still facing these problems
    offline charging not working
    and call always dropping
    20150412 built

  • milad says:

    VPN does not work. Please fix that

  • milad says:

    psiphon dose not work. This is related to the VPN. PLEASE NOVA. PLEASE

  • Nykson says:

    My opinion:

    People who test the Roms in their cell should post on which model is testing.

    So believe in a particular model happen a problem can be easier to solve because some say it works perfect and others report a list of problems.

    The Roms made to the S3 mini according to the New are completely compatible with the models i8190, i8190L and i8190N.

    If you have some of the models which publish and report their problems, if different model, publish the same way, to understand where it causes the greatest problems.

    Sorry my English.

  • orksur says:

    I don’t think offline charging works. I have tried it several times by putting the phone off but it comes on right after inserting the charger

  • Helmut Jarausch says:

    Thanks, my first impression is really good. I have two questions though.
    Is it normal that my S3 mini uses 68 seconds for powering on – can this be made faster?

    Is there any means to do some battery savings, .e.g. my other phone (S5 running under stock Samsung Android 5.0 – rooted) offers two levels of battery saving. Among these is an aggressive one which even turns the screen b/w.

  • Jayden says:

    Im not too sure if this is an issue regarding OS or software. But i thought I’d make note of it anyway.
    Whenever I’m talking to someone and I have them on speaker, if I get a message on Skype (haven’t noticed it on any other apps) the call will take whomever it is, off speaker. Can be confusing sometimes.

  • Jon says:

    I can not install apk files, any solution? (sorry for my bad English)

  • David Cordero says:

    Hi guys i have an issue with my phone, is stock on a boot loop and i cant access to the recovery, i tried to access many times but when the splash screen of twrp recovery appears the phone reboot again. What can i do guys, i have the cm12.0_golden.nova.20150304 and i know this is the release of cm12.1 but as this publication is recent many of you can see my comment. Sorry for my wrong english and hoping for that anyone can help me…

  • andrb says:

    Anyone got the capacitive buttons problem too? They don’t work.

  • Jeremy says:

    What is wrong by my S3 Mini, i have no Baseband also no Sim Support! I must flash back to the older Version 06.04.2015 Version!
    My S3 Mini is the NFC version!

  • Light says:

    Please fix the camera… And please remove the theme icon or app?… Still bugs on chrome… And the main issue is the battery life… Please fix it… Thanks for the ROM NovaFusion.

  • Helmut Jarausch says:

    why does my comment appear?
    I asked about slow poweron (68 seconds for my S3 mini) and (agressive) power saving modes?

  • Nick says:

    when will fixed issue with transfering apps to sd card???

  • Omri_21 says:

    does anyone have a good idea of how to move apps to sd? What is the best way to do it?

    • webwiller says:

      I did try with a couple of apps like “move to SD” or “link to SD” but they both say that the phone “sees” the memory as a whole (internal+SD) therefore the “move to” apps don’t recognize they have the possibility to actually move apps. I’d like to know why this happens! 🙂 If you solve it let me know! TY! 😉

  • Gustavo F. says:

    Hey folks! Nice release!

    Anyone having a problem related to Google Play downloads? Every app i’ll try to install takes ages to start downloading (Hearthstone even has started after a night preparing).

  • vincent says:

    Too many crash app when i flash this rom , like youtube and google paly service

  • tommy says:

    Did anybody try to pin the current app to the screen?
    that´s possible, but i can´t un-pin the app by pressing both keys beside the middle button as told by the system..

    i mean screen pinning as shown in this link

  • I have a big problem with my S3 Mini, i have no baseband! No Sim Signal! My Phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini NFC. In previous version have my S3 Mini NFC version a baseband.. I must downgrading to use Sim card!

  • Eren Ayan says:

    If you can add a new features would be great.Looks very plain.

    Thank You, NovaFusion

  • omri says:

    After several days of using I can report about the following issues:
    – low incall voice (still)
    – dialer is crushing during calls
    – can’t install apks from outside the playstore. Installation always failing.
    (If anyone has an idea why, would like to hear)


    • samado says:

      _ for the incall voice just press the vol – and vol+ after that you will hear high voice.
      _ about the dialer crushing you will go to setting and app, do clear data and cash and stop process for dialer after that reboot phone.
      _ im installed many apks without any issues, just be sure if this apk it compatible with phone.

  • joel says:

    Help please why I can’t install my ultimate guitar tabs apk I do really need it, every time I’m going to install it using my apk it said app not installed I’ve tried downloading other apk but still no luck. How can install it again? Thanks

  • dimateo says:

    How to instal xpose modul in this rom ? *sorybadenglish

  • Andris says:

    Hello! I really like cm12.1 and it’s really great, but I have some issues. First is the volume in calls, but as i saw in comments, it’s for everyone. No call droping tho. And second is that when my phone gets a little warm it turns off. The thing that warms up is battery. And this is really annoying. I don’t know is it only my phone’s battery dying or what.

  • Luke87p says:

    Hi, the system profiles does not work correctly. I set a profile to turn on/off 3G data connection but it not work, the data connection remain in the originary status. With the CM11 this feature works well. Someone has the same problem?
    Thenk you

  • iori7 says:

    FM Soport plis n.n Good Working!!!

  • yasin says:

    Nothing about cm12.1 for one week. Is it because of uncomplated server paymenent?

  • Alejandro says:

    Google Search does not work.
    When I search for something, it just closes.

    Great Job!

  • tas0s[GR] says:

    Hello, the ROM is quite good. But as always we have bugs(bugs, bugs have ever someone try to kill them?)
    1st. The link2sd didn’t working! Something is going with the lollipop architecture?!
    2nd. When I make calls, somewhere on the screen is a transparent speaker, maybe if you touch it the incoming speaker made loudness.
    3rd. At the camera’s menu no where is the selection to save it in the SD.

  • webwiller says:

    BUG: The updated version (2050420) of CM12.1 in the keyboard the function “flow” doesn’t work. It did previously. Thx Nova!

    • webwiller says:

      I personally downgraded to CM12.1 [20150412] cause I had many issues with stability. Different apps crashing or closing unexpectedly, nonsense reboot ect.

      BUT I wanted to ask if anyone has problems with charging. Both myself and my girlfriend use CM12.1 (she’s the official nightly cause she’s S4) and both of us have the same charging issue: the electricity charger doesn’t work. We tried 4 of them, is not a charger issue.

      She manages to charge the phone via the usb-to-miniUSB cable connected to PC. Mine doesn’t work like that either. Anyone has this problem? TY 🙂

  • Ryan says:

    Notification lights don’t come on when I get a message. Is there a fix for this or some setting? I did look but can’t seem to find anything

  • Tony says:

    Application gallery disappeared after the installation of the google app. when can i download it?

  • Sean Humpfrey says:

    I cant use my mobile data,but if i enable the wifi,the symbol ‘!’ dissappear. Please help.

  • Wurtz JM says:

    Hi, thanks for the CM12.1 ROM. Nice work! I i have 2 issues : one with facebook that once donwloaded does not install, and the other move apps to the sd card tels me no space left but there is plenty of space! Any hints how to solve these issues? Thanks for yournhelp and your work.

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