October 13th, 2015
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20151013) 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
  • huge patches cleanup
  • fixed minor bugs from latest releases
  • 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.

93 Responses
  • Nik says:

    Thanks, Nova! 😉 As the previous releases this one is stable and without bug, but when you’ll make big changes on cm12.1? These releases are minor releases! And please, fix the camera!
    Sorry for my bad english 🙂

  • Mike says:

    What patches were cleaned up and what bugs were fixed?

  • 21sdino says:

    you start at develope the android 6.0 for this device??

  • Atinisikenkovboy says:

    Im looking for a camu alternative , can someone help me?

  • Johnie says:

    I cant say anything about bugfixes.
    But still not possible to change governor in performance settings.

  • mik says:

    JFYI S3 Mini added here as officially supported

  • Mike says:

    This may seem like a stupid question, but where is your bug tracker? I can’t find it anywhere on this site. Or is it the function built into the ROM? If so I thought only CyanogenMod received that statistics reporting.

  • SYSMAN says:

    Keyboard (AOSP) error, again, again, again…… restart(again Wipe cache/dalvik) and Keyboard (AOSP) error, again, again, again..

  • joeho says:

    For start , some service is stop , i click ok to skip it

  • Guys! When will be Periscope available on CM? Never?

  • Abrar says:

    Low phone call voice.

  • Nacho says:

    Update carbon 4.4.4 or 5.1 please!!! Thx for great job Nova!!!

  • ALEX says:

    Thx Nova for Update, runs faster then previous one. I have feeling

  • SYSMAN says:

    Install – Dalvik/cache wipe – install Google Apps pico from 13/10/2015. After restart Keyboard (AOSP) error and again, again…. restart … Keyboard (AOSP) error and again, again

  • Johnie says:

    The phone shut down if you dont plug off after charging.

  • Mike says:

    Oh look, more retarded comments lacking information. Big surprise…

  • Martin says:

    Low call volume
    unable to change CPU governor
    freezing feedly

  • shez951 says:

    Wow man
    The day video recording on the stock camera is fixed is day I love from cm 11 to 12.1
    BTW is it ever going to be fixed and if not why. Are there any alternative camera apps that are just as good or better ??? PERFORMENCE ASWELL

      • Mike says:

        No, it’s waiting for the right coder to fix it, stop complaining.

        Performance? Screw around with the governors a bit, might make a difference. Or have you forgotten how crappy the stock ROM was? I haven’t.

    • Livi-Tech - Ryan says:

      Samsung ended support for this phone

      meaning we have to work with outdated files which work even less on every android update – also one of the reasons that nova-fusion roms don’t have NFC support

      the best alternative for now is vivavideo

    • hammer ricardo says:

      esas aplicaciones como camu graban feo y si vas a grabar desde otra aplicacion que no sea camu sigue la pantalla verde

  • giampi says:

    Hello everyone I have a problem after you install the google android keyboard gapps tells me to stop officials can not do anything anyone knows how to solve
    thanks novafusion
    gapps pico

  • giampi says:

    AOSP keyboard locked abnormally
    thanks nf

  • Patrik says:

    App installation still too slow and cant install Facebook due to error 504. Is this even getting fixed?….

    If you fix the app installation issue the rom will be perfect

  • Bora says:

    Low call volume. This is very bad.

  • Johan umana says:


    Great work

    Only two issues : Offiline charging not work not show animation and not charging the battery, please include fm radio app

  • Mike says:

    Novafusion, where and how do I use your bug tracker. Thanks.

  • Dominik says:

    Everything is perfect, but what is with SD card, cant move app to SD card

  • Miran says:

    Waiting for the in-call low volume fix.

  • Bossard says:

    Am I the only one who can’t move apps on SD card ?
    Please answer me :/

  • Ruman says:

    low incoming call volume

  • luis says:

    Random reboot, facebook don’t update… And the camera still green

    • Mike says:

      Everyone is fully aware that there are ongoing camera issues, it is listed in the description on every release of Lollipop and is waiting for the right coder to offer their help to fix it, so no need to point out the obvious please. You’d be better off reporting back with what capture apps work the best given the current problem.

    • Jeremy says:

      Also having random reboot problem.

      Can someone tell me how to get Samsung Gear Manager working so I can connect to my Gear S and install more apps on it??

  • Nael Lilik says:

    Problem enter CWM (TWRP) after Reboot. Reinstall using odin but problem again after rebooting.

    • Mike says:

      How is anyone supposed to help when you leave out basic details like what the actual problem is? And this section is not even for recovery issues. For gods sake, think, man.

      And you can only use one recovery at a time.

        • Mike says:

          No, that’s fine, just try to be a little more thorough with your problems.

          For example: if you are having a problem with Twitch or YouTube or whatever, is it by using the app? And if so what version of the app are you using? If not, are you accessing those services through a browser and what type and version of the browser are you using?

          It’s the same with your current issue, are you trying to use two recoveries at the same time? You can’t, but going by your description it appears that you’re trying to. You’d be better off using JUST TWRP, it has a better user interface and supports the f2fs filesystem that relates to the custom ROMs built by NovaFusion.

          That’s brings us to another issue: if you have a custom ROM installed and setup to use the f2fs filesystem and you flash a custom recovery that doesn’t support it, you’ll run into problems like boot-loops and such.

          See, it’s all about context. The more thorough you are about an issue the more the dev team have to go on and can fix the problem sooner, otherwise it’s all just guesswork then everyone is pulling their hair out.

          I might even copy/paste this in other threads yet since most here seem to be failing at the most simplest of task and helping the development of these ROMs.

          And last but not least, ALWAYS list your device details. Yes every variant of the S3 MINI may be very similar but do require their own driver sets to function properly, like how the i8190N requires it’s very own specific modem drivers.

          • Mike says:

            Oh and NovaFusion, don’t be dicks, approval my last comment please, it is actually very helpful. Thank you.

  • Bryan says:

    cm 13.0 ?

  • You Are The Best says:

    I admire your piece of works here !! But I have move from samsung galaxy s3 mini to other phones (xiaomi redmi note 4G) , can you increase your device of development ? Hope you can do it 🙂 cheers !

  • Mike says:

    Does NFC work on the i8190n with this rom?

  • Simeon says:

    Can someone tell me where the “Preferred install location” option gone?
    I can’t find it in Apps….

  • Paul says:

    Thx Nova!
    Can`t install Nokia Here.
    CM 11, no problem.

  • Bedirhan says:


  • horbax says:

    Please, fix this camera 🙁

  • Sakari says:

    Move to SD Card – Couldn’t move app. Not enough storage space.


    Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini+ CM12.1 and same problem. Last CFW is CM11.0 and movind apps to SDCard working perfectly. 13 GB free space and phone says: “Couldn’t move app. Not enough storage space” I would be grateful if someone would be able to help.

    Is it a CM12.1 problem or something else?

  • Gringo says:

    * GPS is not working with (maps.me)
    * there are some graphic problems with (line) when picking up a call
    * overal performance is good, better than cm 11
    thanks for the huge efforts novafusion !

  • murray9310 says:

    When I make a phone call the ear speaker, I always have to manually turn on the speaker on the back. Can it be, beacause I use Radio?

  • murray9310 says:

    When I make a call, the ear speaker does not work. I always have to switch to the speaker on the back. On the previous releases it was okay. Is there anything I can do?

  • sammy says:

    is this build has problem with xposed? my phone stuck at boot animation almost 1 hour and never reach homescreen.

  • D. Emilien says:

    lot of thème for cm 12.1 cant instal on this rom

  • Why are you doing so much CM-roms CM 11 CM12,etc etc when you can do AOSP-and do it better!

    • Mike says:

      AOSP is just as overhyped as the next ROM. I have used all of the major ROM and AOSP doesn’t offer anything more over the next.

      Get over yourself…

  • Xeon says:

    Once i try to reformat my device,and recover to the latest version Rom,i was unable to get into recovery mode anymore..I try to flashing new version TWRP to my device, it was not work.Please help thank you.

  • Nael Lilik says:

    i got problem with offline charging. how to fix it?

  • M Juki says:

    can i use f2fs for /system ?

  • i got problem with offline charging. how to fix it????

  • sesenbinoguz says:

    Updater binary error ! I couldnt update please help me
    Thanks Nova✋

  • nick bush says:

    music clipping when play with Bluetooth has been fixed in this build. thanks.

  • Gavi says:

    I’ve installed 12.1 and google apps(stock) and I have a lot of problems.
    – clock app doesn’t start
    – gmail doesn’t send mails.
    – sometimes the phone is completely blocked.

    In which way I can wipe completely my phone(internal memory and sd) before install the 12.1 one more time?

  • rablerablerable says:

    I am having constant stability issues and reboots with this version. My phone just crashes and reboots at every possible instant (writing texts, sending snapchats, browsing the web, opening and closing random apps). I can find no pattern or other appearent explanation (cpu/memory load, wifi/3g use etc.)

  • fyfyone says:

    Hmm… I installed this a few days ago and noticed my notification blocklist doesn’t work!

  • CH says:

    Error during facebook app installation, Light version installed.

  • Jan says:

    Do Skype and Fritz!Fon App work properly in this release? In previous releases, there is no audio for the callee unless handsfree gets switched on.

  • Emiliano says:

    Hi guys!

    I installed cm12, but i cant connect to mobile data. I created new apn, but i confirmed that is the rom.

    Help me, please! Thanks!

    I dont speak english very well. sorry.

  • Ronald says:

    please help
    I’m trying to flash it over a previous version of 12.1 using the same TWRP v2.8.0.0 but it ends up with an error

    detected filesystem ext4 for /dev/block/mmcblk0p22
    can’t install this package on top of incompatible data. please try another package or run a factory reset
    E:Error executing updater library in zip ‘/external_sd/cm12.1_golden.nova.20151013.zip’

    this is a daily used phone. can’t do a factory reset every time…..
    please help

  • Thank you so much! I’ve been using cm since spring 2014 in my S3 mini. Now with 12.1 there’s finally no battery drain bug anymore. Now it’s running up to 3 days. Before 12.1 only 12-18 hours with same user behaviour. The rest of the cm 12.1 is also nearly perfect, in my opinion best android Rom ever. It would be 100% perfect if the green-screen-camera bug would be solved. All in all very good work.

  • omer says:

    Is available on gt-i8200q ?

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