The CyanogenMod team has already granted official ROM support for the LTE version of Samsung's diminutive Galaxy S4 Mini, and now the international 3G variant gets a chance. The first build for the S4 Mini 3G was posted to Get.CM on Friday night, but if you're waiting for a bleeding-edge build, you're going to be disappointed. It's CyanogenMod 10.1, based on Android 4.2, which is what the S4 Mini runs under TouchWiz.


On the other hand, the first ROM out of the gate is a stable build, which is something of a rarity for CyanogenMod. This release is CM 10.1.3, the latest and last full release based on Android 4.2.2. It has a few extras like Privacy Guard and SELinux support which weren't included in previous 10.1 builds. The Galaxy S4 Mini LTE version also has the new stable build, if you're wondering. It may be a while before CyanogenMod 10.2 comes to the S4 Mini models, but in the meantime, you've got a rock-solid AOSP derivative. And considering how much clutter TouchWiz is adding to Android these days, that may be more than enough reason for some users to switch.

The international models of Samsung devices have user-unlockable bootloaders, so all you really need to get started with ROMs is a custom recovery. CyanogenMod's already got you covered in that regard: here are step-by-step instructions for the S4 Mini 3G and S4 Mini LTE. Don't' forget the Gapps package for the Google Play Store and other official apps.

Source: CyanogenMod Google+, Get.CM

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • aNYthing6

    Android 4.22?! Whoa.

  • Inceoglu

    It's running great. Better battery life and way lighter than the original TouchWiz rom that the phone comes with. Installation was a piece of cake. There is even a video tutorial but it's actually meant for the LTE version but the instructions are the same. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWlcW2Cdzs0


    where can I FIND THE DEBUGUED



  • leohemhem

    anyone know if i could would work on my s4 mini clone ????

    my Google sync isnt working ie Google contacts