May 19th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20150519) 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
  • apps stability improved
  • 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.

43 Responses
  • yasin says:

    we were say “nova is the best” but for two months, we are waiting for a fixed video cam. still we should say that “nova is the best”? -a stock user.

    • felix says:

      Be patient, these having the rom free and still you demand more

    • Hari says:

      now i can say that : “nova was the best”. – i9070 user on 5.1.1

    • Fatih says:

      YOU ARE THE BEST :))

    • Stasiu says:

      Nobody expects you to say that they’re “the best”. They’re doing the best they can to provide a good Android 5 experience – but that takes time. You don’t like it, don’t use it. You’re free to use CM11 – which is working perfectly by now.

    • xkirnel99 says:

      Sorry, But that you say it’s not a smart thing, because if you give a little thinking in your mind, you can see they give a hard work in our devices and do the best for us , so, don’t blame anyone, because you don’t do anything just flash.

    • Robbe says:

      If you are a stock user why you care if video in CM 12.1 is still green?
      They are doing a very hard work to make our old phone to work like the one of last generation without buying a new one.
      By the way, thanks Nova Team. Super job, sooner or later you will get it. Keep up.

    • yasin says:

      it is easy to provoking people as you see:D

  • Dennis says:

    When do you guys think the camera bug and the incoming call bug will be fixed?

  • I dont really care about the camera. The most annoying bug so far is not being able to encrypt the phone. Without encryption, it cannot be used to setup company email

  • greg says:

    Randoom reboots by flashlight fixed?

  • Alan Pereira says:

    Contínuo esperando um dia a correção do bug da câmera de vídeo será que e tão difícil de corrigir ?

    • Robbe says:

      Alan se ve que primero dan prioridad en corregir otras cosas que para ellos son mas importantes por el momento que el video de la cámara, tarde o temprano lo harán, en CM 11 funciona perfectamente

  • CprCtrlFreak says:

    Thanks so much for your work!

  • ryan says:

    if you don’t like

    go back to cm11
    install xposed
    install monster UI
    theme it to material
    monster ui has even changed the recent panel to 5.1
    not themed – changed

  • xkirnel99 says:

    Thank you Nova 😉

  • Hugo says:

    This and the previous release are deleting Google Play Store and Google Services

  • jefferson ramos says:

    Google Search does not recognize the microphone.

  • vope says:

    Great work !

    As requested in the topic, here are my bugs

    – Bad French layouts
    – Bad French translation due to Cyanogenmod
    – BLN Control doesn’t work, due to Novafusion kernel, apparently
    – Flashlight Long on-time.
    – Flashlight crashes when toggle several times, and then it reboots !! Then, I must reboot again because Sim card is not activated.
    – No EAP-SIM
    – Sometimes when I turn on the screen, the touch doesn’t work.
    – Battery drains so fast !
    – slower than yesterday release !

    other comments :
    – No Random reboots yet (only met because of flashlight toggles)
    – I didn’t test offline charge yet

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

    • Amy says:

      for the battery drain try autokill and phone faster function from cleanmaster application and greenify, that helps alot. my s3 mini is just a very little faster empty than with cm11 kitkat 4.4 from novafusion 🙂

    • Amy says:

      u don’t need BLN control, you can disable the softkey lights via settings: keys.

  • Robbe says:

    The offline charging does not work, same dot in the middle of the screen.
    Video, still green.
    Sometimes the touch screen freezes, needs to turns off momentarily with the power button and starts to respond.
    Whatsapp manyt times stops to responds.
    Flashlight responds slowly.
    Well, this is for the moment.

  • Robbe says:

    Almost forgot, the sim card is not recognized unless the cell is restarted twice.

    • Ing. Rodrigo says:

      It’s happened to me today and I had to reboot the phone.

    • AiVeN says:

      For me its working good 🙂 it worked on first boot and its working now normally.
      Try deleting cache/dalvik after every update you flash through recovery,it helps a lot!

      • Robbe says:

        I have done AiVeN, but every time I start the cel it takes time to recognize the sim, never happen with CM11, anyway way it is a great ROM with some little problems but step by step Nova will fix with our help.
        Thanks for your suggestion

        • Robbe says:

          Almost forgot, I always try to flash through recovery, I think better results

          • AiVeN says:

            Yes it takes more time,on CM11 it happens too on some updates but then it got fixed. But that is a small bug. Yes recovery is better i think too. Just now my sim card(mobile network) stopped working during call i had to restart my mobile.

  • Gonzalo says:

    Instagram video fixed?

  • Lalarestruit says:

    Music App Crash when i play any file

  • Andy_Long_Beach says:

    Does anybody knows why the 3G connections get lost intermittent? both using CM11 and 12.1 on a Samsung 8190? I can do a clean install, it doesn’t matter at all, also which version I install. Mostly it happens a couple times a day loosing the connection. Only a reboot helps to re-establish the reception with the service provider. It doesn’t happen this often using CM 10.2, which is by far more stable.

    • flo says:

      I have the same issue, but also with stock rom and CM 11, till yet I did not try CM12, because of the constant connection loss. I think it is a common hardware issue.

  • Amy says:

    i’m using the cm12.1 version from 12th of may, can i just flash the build frim 19th over the old? like an firmware update via phone? or do i need to make a clean install (full wipe, factory reset amd than flashing the new cm12.1 release?

  • Martin says:

    low in call volume

  • Batuhan Felek says:

    When the camera error will be solved ??? I’m bored.

  • omri says:

    I’m having trouble installing “Amazon app” updates (or installing any *.apk for that matter).
    Does anyone know what causing it? what can I do to fix that?


    • AiVeN says:

      Having trouble too with installing some apps and updates. If i find something how to fix it i will write. (BTW try unninstall amazon app and download updated one from web.)

    • Robbe says:

      omri I uninstalled, like AiVeN said, the old Amazon app and installed again and no problem. It takes long time to install it, it is not like in CM11, here in CM12.1 is a longer process. So wait

  • Dave says:

    Google Play Store first looks fine. But when I try to load a new app it crashes. After this it crashes at every start.

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