International Galaxy Note 4 gets official CyanogenMod 12 ROMs

Get pure Lollipop on your Note 4. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Get pure Lollipop on your Note 4. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

International Galaxy Note 4 handsets with the SM-N910F model number are now officially supported by the latest CyanogenMod 12 nightly ROMs, giving owners the opportunity to ditch TouchWiz for a pure Android feel with all of Lollipop’s new features.

CM12 is based on Google’s latest Android 5.0 software, so it delivers features like lock screen notifications, improved multitasking, and significantly better performance and battery life. And because it’s not TouchWiz, you get Material Design as it was intended.

Because support was only just added for this Note 4 variant, only nightly ROMs are available right now. That means you won’t get totally stable software — there could be some bugs and other issues — but you will get daily updates with improvements.

While we wouldn’t recommend installing this on a daily driver, then, it would be well worth trying it out on a secondary device if you’re keen to know what pure Android is like on the Galaxy Note 4. But before you jump in, there are some things to bear in mind.

Custom ROMs require an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery, and that means tripping your Knox counter on the Note 4, which voids your warranty. Right now, there’s no way to avoid that, and no way back, so you’re on your own if anything goes wrong later.

If that doesn’t put you off, you’ll find the first CM12 nightly for the Note 4 on the CyanogenMod downloads page linked below, weighing in at 257MB.