Most custom ROMs require separate builds for separate carrier variants - one for an international model, one for an AT&T model, one for a Verizon model, and so on. CyanogenMod is trying to consolidate some of its most popular builds so that a single ROM ZIP file will work across several various device variants. Last month the CM team combined three HTC One builds, and today they're doing the same for Samsung's Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3.

Now the AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Cricket Wireless, and MetroPCS builds for the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S III are all being unified under the "d2lte" designation. The new Galaxy S4 designation is simply "jflte," combining the international LTE, generic Canadian, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Cricket, C-Spire, and US Cellular builds. The Exynos builds are remaining separate. The Galaxy Note 3 has fewer carrier variants since it's relatively new, but the international LTE, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint builds are all being combined into "hlte." All three combined builds have one nightly download available at the time of writing.

If all goes well, users across all applicable carrier variants shouldn't notice any difference between the latest nightly build and their previous distinct builds. According to CyanogenMod, the next phones to get the integration treatment will be the Moto X and the Galaxy Note 2.

Source: CyanogenMod Blog

Michael Crider
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  • Defenestratus

    I've never used CM on any of my handsets, but I'm interested in using it if it absolves me of any requirement of touchwiz on my Note 3.

    Does the S-pen still work with action memos and stuff like that?

    Whats closer to stock Kitkat? Touchwiz under 4.3 or the CM build?

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      I think CM

    • iamnotkurtcobain

      Are you serious? Closer to STOCK kitkat? 1. Touchwiz 4.3 isn't kitkat, it's jelly bean. 2. Touchwiz is as far away from stock android as earth from jupiter...
      Stay on touchwiz if you don't know what you are doing. Just a tip.

      • Defenestratus

        I know what I'm doing. I've run custom ROM's on my Gnex, and my other nexus devices before - I just haven't touched CM before and really didn't care to know anything about it up until now since the ROM community for the Note 3 is lacking in "stock like" ROMs. I've already gotten rid of as much Touchwiz as I can and I'm running the GEL launcher, rooted and de-bloated of most of the TW crap but I can't get rid of all of it like I would prefer.

        • M0nk

          The same Here. My Note 1 used AOSP derivatives because TW was really bad at that time, but on my Note 3 I keeped TW. Off course I disabled and uninstalled all the bloat, replaced the green and awfull graphics with Xposed and changed the launcher, but I keeped the s-pen and other features I like from Samsung. The GN3 is so powerful that even TW runs very well...

      • Eduardo

        Way to be a jerk

    • Kevin Aaronson

      CM 11 is essentially stock KitKat or android 4.4, with a few cool additions. Samsung, I don't think, has released their KitKat (4.4) update for note 3. So cyanogenmod would be the way to go, for a stock KitKat experience.

    • Eduardo

      I am not sure regarding the pen, but CM is as close as it gets to stock KitKat. I've been running the nightly builds on an S3 and I've had hardly any issues. None on stable builds of JB.
      I also use Nova launcher for added customization.

      Surely CM11 is the way to go.

      • Sean Royce

        I've never been able to stay on CM. Always had nothing but trouble, bugs everywhere and the Camera almost NEVER worked. Even on stable builds it had troubles. Stock is the only option.

        • Eduardo

          Could be that they have issues with your device in particular?
          I have had issues with the camera sporadically and it can certainly get really annoying, but it has only happened to me when running nightlies

        • squiddy20

          Toroplus user here. For a couple of weeks back in December, the camera on CM 11 was completely non-functional, but it's been working flawlessly for me since then. Also, 10.2 "Stable" for my device (and toro) was anything but stable. But then again, it was incredibly rushed and pushed out only to move on to CM 11.

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          FWIW, The Camera works just fine on CM on my Note3, as opposed to the trouble I had with it on my SGS3 and SGS1.

          The only "issue" with the aosp camera is that it takes slightly noisier low-light images VS TouchWhiz, due to higher ISO and/or higher shutter speed and/or no software smoothing. Just as good in bright light though.

          • flosserelli

            I appreciate what the CM team has done for so many devices, but the camera app is awful, and a perfect example of "lowest common denominator"

    • Sorian

      I think out of the 2, CM is closer to stock on my S3. Main change is battery usage, I have more battery life left at the end of work on CM than on Touchwiz, not by a huge amount, but noticeable.

    • Chris

      Then pen still "works" as in it will interact with the screen, but all its cool little features go away. There are note taking apps you can download on the play store, but they're not as good as the built in touch wiz ones. CM is essentially stock android. I'm still using touchwiz on my note 2 but I am getting closer and closer to switching over to CM every day. I used it on my Galaxy S 2

      • Matthew

        I Suggest checking out Gnote, brilliant little spen app

      • Derrick Amundsen

        Can't you just have someone with a stock note 3 make back ups of the SNote apps, etc and then install them??

    • Daniel DS

      Simply use Xposed and retain all your TouchWiz features as well as ROM-like modules

    • Gem Jefferson

      You'll lose most if not all spen functions, and TouchWiz exclusives line multi window, motion gestures etc. In exchange to a bar stock kit Kat experience. Multi window is why I deal with TouchWiz.

      • DarkStarr

        Multi window is possible on any rooted rom.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      The pen works just fine wrt to pressure sensitive drawing in apps like SketchBook and Papyrus. All I ever do is sketch once in a while, so all the other TouchWhiz pen functions are useless gimmicks to me. However, you *CAN* easily bring some of the gimmicks back in CM with a couple apps.

      Check out this thread for a CM + pen gimmick howto: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2611415

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      What about something like Clean ROM or Synergy ROM? They retain the features you want but get rid of a lot of the clutter. It's still TW based, but maybe it's what you need.

  • Leonard Wong

    This will be good in some form, especially to new users

  • Muhammad Abrar Naeem

    You can get the updated list of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 roms from here


  • Nor Bu

    is there any warning sign or description about samsung features not being included in cyanogen mod? i just found out there was nothing but launcher & gapps wtf? first thing i did was web browser check it crashed wow what a genius. waste of time never liked cyn mod now i hate more time to say good bye btw stable rom never releases until dev releases 4.3 coca cola or Doritos? w/e

  • Nor Bu

    is there any warning sign or description about samsung features not being included in cyanogen mod? i just found out there was nothing but launcher & gapps wtf? first thing i did was web browser check it crashed wow what a genius. waste of time never liked cyn mod now i hate more time to say good bye btw stable rom never releases until dev releases 4.3 coca cola or Doritos? w/e