Galaxy S5 gets unofficial CyanogenMod 12.1 ROM

Android 5.1 comes to the Galaxy S5. Photo: Samsung

Android 5.1 comes to the Galaxy S5. Photo: Samsung

CyanogenMod fans with a Galaxy S5 can now get their hands on an unofficial CM 12.1 ROM based on Google’s latest Lollipop firmware. Compatible with both the international and CDMA models, the ROM brings everything you would expect to get with an Android 5.1 upgrade.

Although this isn’t an official CyanogenMod ROM, it is very stable on the Galaxy S5. Many of its initial bugs have already been quashed, and according to feedback from users on Reddit and the XDA Developers forum, it works very well.

Some of the features and improvements baked into this ROM include HD voice for those on T-Mobile and Verizon, greater control over notifications, the ability to switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks from within Quick Settings, and more.

It also boasts some third-party features and tweaks, like the ability to use the home screen in landscape mode, and some welcome audio enhancements.

Just like any other custom ROM, CM 12.1 can be flashed on compatible Galaxy S5 handsets with an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery. A clean install is required, so you’ll need to backup your data before wiping your device.

To download the ROM, just follow the XDA link below.