All of the flagship Android devices from 2013 have been added to CyanogenMod in some form or another: the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, the LG G2, the Moto X, and of course, the Nexus 5. But there's one notable entry that has not graced the download page yet - Samsung's enormous and powerful Galaxy Note 3. According to an early-morning post from the custom ROM's official Google+ account, that's about to change.


The CM team has published its software source code for various models of the Note 3 to GitHub. The kernel and ROM code is up for the international model as well as the T-Mobile and Sprint variants, but the AT&T and Verizon versions are absent, almost certainly because of those carriers' insistence on locked bootloaders for all their phones. The device isn't officially supported yet, but ROMs are in active development and have been assigned maintainers.

There aren't any nightly builds available at the moment, but anyone with the right skills can build the ROM from source if they feel the need. I would expect Galaxy Note 3 CyanogenMod ROMs to hit the main download page within the next few weeks, hopefully as a KitKat (CM11) build. In the meantime those with supported devices can try some of the many other custom ROMs available at the various user forums around the web.

Source: CyanogenMod Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • bungadudu


    It's a sacrilege to put aosp on the Note 3!

    Why would you do that?
    For 5% faster transitions and 2 gb more free space you transform it into a pity galaxy Nexus with a bigger screen. Really?

    • Cheeseball

      No TouchWiz crap = WIN. Blame Samsung for integrating the S-Pen software in TouchWiz.

      • Ryu

        If i wanted a phone without a sd card and smaller battery then i would buy a nexus 5..

        • Franco Rossel

          What have that to do with a Note 3 with CM?

    • Franco Rossel

      More like a Nexus 5 with more RAM and bigger screen. And that's excellent.

      • bungadudu

        For that you could buy a chinese phablet at half the price.

        Touchwizz crap is what made the Note 3 stand out from the crowd and be regarded as the absolute smartphone.

        • Franco Rossel

          Absolute smartphone? Lolno

          I'm not feeding the Troll anymore, bye.

          • caesar young

            Funny response lol. But on a serious note (no pun intended) touchwiz did not make note 3, touchwiz has been out for Samsung since the Samsung moment. I've grown to love custom ROM cm on this phone but the moment aosp is available, best believe I will be on that train

        • squiddy20

          Hmmm, you say Touchwiz "is what made the Note 3 stand out from the crowd", but you refer to it collectively as "crap". Care to get your story straight and/or use the correct words to describe what you mean?

    • squiddy20

      One word that will make your entire argument moot and answer your first question: choice.

  • Juan

    I do love cyanogenmod but taking out touchwiz on the n3 is not worth it. The S pen and the multiview features are awesome.

    • http://gregramsaran.com Greg

      But the rest of the OS doesn't do much, all the bloatware Verizon has pushed to the devices is insane. Plus, multiview isn't available with every app so for the most part, it's pointless. I welcome CM11 on my Note 3.

      • Juan

        Oh I understand, everybody uses multiview for their own purposes. For me I don't want to lose the S pen features and multiview which works great for me. But that's just me.

      • Derek B

        With a custom ROM most, if not all, of the bloat is removed and you can have any app in multi-window along with any app with the s-pen.

      • ather akber

        Omni rom has multi window of their own, and s pen features can be taken from tha app mentioned above...

      • Jesus

        "multiview isn't available with every app so for the most part, it's pointless"

        Multiview is suported for the apps that you will generally use.
        Supported: Youtube. Chrome. Explorer. MX-Player / video player. Gallery. Map. Gmail/Email. S Note... bla bla bla, haven't encountered anything that doesn't allow it.

        From my list above, what more apps do you want for multiview???

        It is definitely a useful feature, and absolutely not 'pointless' as you say.

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      • Juan

        Nice, didn't know that.

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      • Deeco

        Anything similar for N7 (noSpen)?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm now in the opposing camp - I haven't used the pen since day 1 and multiview since week 2. Used the latter a lot more before but then less and less. I see CM additions a lot more useful than those.

      On the other hand, what's stopping me is losing the camera app. Not sure if I'll lose the remote control on my lockscreen, though as long as there's IR support, and aftermarket app can probably do. So yeah, it's the camera.

      • Ted

        I'm still using my multiview, and do all the time... Not so much with the pen, but with a few xposed modules, all apps work with multiview and floating apps.

    • dextersgenius

      For me it's just the opposite - TouchWiz, and the lack of working AOSP ROMs, has kept me away from the Note 3. Now that CM11 is making it's way, I'm seriously considering buying one.

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    • Cat Astrophy

      Multiview has very limited app support...

  • http://www.gameosaur.com/ neoKushan

    I have been waiting for this for so long. Not just CyanogenMod, but AOSP on the Note 3 in general. Cannot wait!

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I can't wait to see how awesome the note 3 is on AOSP. I'm just worried about the camera...

  • fanSte

    One word 2 say: FINALLY!

  • MvP77

    Spen hasn't been removed from its holster in a month. Same as when I had the Note 1 and 2. Right now I'm using a Nexus 5 because I couldn't take touchwiz anymore. Can't wait for aosp Roms to come for my Note 3.

  • Aniel

    It Begins!!

  • squiddy20

    I was walking around Best Buy the other day and stopped to play around with the working Note 3 they had there. I couldn't get over the ugly neon green in the status bar and accompanying areas (many orders of magnitude worse than Gingerbread IMO), as well as the myriad of in-your-face settings that were present. Coming from a Gnex running CM 11 nightlies, everything was so overly-colorful and "eye candy-ish", my eyes/brain were overwhelmed. Now, maybe there are some settings to tone all that down a bit, but I personally wouldn't even want to try to find them. If I owned a Note 3, I would slap CM (or at least AOSP) on it asap.

    • Mitchman

      I'm a Note 3 owner and wow I never even noticed the green color in the toggles (no sarcasm). I can't stand the Touchwiz app drawer and homescreens - but Nova Launcher does the trick there.

      • squiddy20

        I'm sure if I used it long enough, I (like you) wouldn't even notice it anymore, but until then, I think it would drive me crazy. Then again, I like rooting my phones, so I'm sure if I kept Touchwiz on there (doubtful) I could dig around and change the color myself, if someone else hasn't done so already.
        And yeah, Nova Launcher is what I use, so I can see going that route too.

    • Derek B

      My Note 3 running Beans build is AOSP (KitKat) themed.

    • Cat Astrophy

      Use movie color mode. The rest are hideous.

  • Segroukin


  • bassman418

    Love my Note 3 even more than my old note 2. Just throw Nova launcher on it, Done! I don't like the TW look or feel either. If you really like the way close to stock looks and works but want overall color changes and xtras just install Beanstown106 on it. Done.

  • Michael Berrios

    I can't wait I'm going to be checking xda all day

  • LazaroCasanova

    On my S4 I loaded a GPE stock ROM and only thing I missed from TW was the camera. However, on the note 3 I don't think I'd be able to part ways with x-note ROM. Yes touchwiz isn't as nice looking as vanilla but TW does compliment the note 3 very well especially when combined with a good custom ROM based on TW. I do use the s-pen a lot and multi window on x-note is awesome letting you have up to 4 windows open that can be minimized into chat heads. Also don't forget we're supposed to be seeing 4.4 TW sometime in January.

    • Eszol

      X-Note ftw!

    • Brad

      Yeah, I hated touchwiz on my s3, but on my mom's whatever tablet it was nice. And the tiny window smart cover thing on the note 3 is really nice.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Damn you at&t

  • sounder

    Hell yes!

  • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

    From my experience with the galaxy s4, CM has terrible battery life. The battery just drains like crazy while the phone is idle. I gave up and went back to touchwiz about 3 days ago. Now my phone can last more than one day with heavy usage, whereas CM was only lasting a few hours while the phone was mostly idle (I stopped using it as much to conserve battery.)

    You might be better off just changing the launcher. TW has some nice apps too (a lot of useless garbage, but there are some gems in there that are a shame to lose.) For example, their stock Exchange client is much better than the shit in stock android that Google refuses to update.

    Bah, this is getting too long, I was just trying to give a heads up on battery life from my experience.

  • Keith Wright

    Two words. Everything Home. TW pales.

  • sounder

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