Senior XDA member, jamal2367 has successfully ported the unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build to the LTE edition of Galaxy Note 3. The port is made from the T-Mobile variant of the Note 3, wherein all the features are functional apart with some bugs that one needs to be aware of.
What is working
- GPU (2D+3D)
- All Sensors
- Int. Storage + Ext. Storage
- DSP Manager
- Sounds + Music Playback
- Internal Speakers
- Bluetooth (A2DP)
- Video Playback
- IRDA (IR)
- Random Reboots
- Video-recording (Front & Back) not working
- Some Audio codecs not working
- Some functions at Home button not working
- Some layout bugs
- Keyboard works partly
As this is a port, the CM12 build cannot be used as a daily driver. You will have to wait until Samsung releases the stock Android version. If you still want to taste the CyanogenMod version, check out the following guide.
- As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup using custom recoveries such as ClockworkMod or, TWRP.
- Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Navigating to Settings>> Developer Options to enable USB debugging]
- The Galaxy Note 3 should have above 80% battery charge to avoid unusual shut down due to lack of battery, which could damage the device.
- The phone should be rooted and have the latest version of ClockworkMod recovery.
- The unofficial CyanogenMod 12 ROM based on Android 5.0 works only with Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005). As applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of the smartphone by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.
- As this is a CM12 port, bugs are highly likely.
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CyanogenMod 12 [File name: cm-12-20141116-UNOFFICIAL-hlte.zip]
How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop build on Galaxy Note 3 LTE with unofficial CyanogenMod 12
Step-1: Connect the Note 3 to the computer using USB cable, then copy the downloaded zip files to the SD card of the phone
Step-2: Unplug the USB cable from the phone and switch it off
Step-3: Boot the phone into CWM recovery mode. To do this, turn the phone on while pressing and holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together
Step-4: In recovery mode, perform a full data wipe by selecting wipe data/ factory reset. Use the Power button to select while in Recovery Mode
Step-5: Perform a cache wipe by selecting wipe cache partition
Step-6: Perform a wipe of dalvik cache. From CWM recovery, go to advanced then select wipe dalvik cache
Step-7: Return to the main recovery menu and select install zip from sdcard
Step-8: Select choose zip from sdcard. Using the Volume rockers head over to Lollipop ROM zip, which was earlier copied to the Phone's SD card. Select it using the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen
Step-9: When the ROM is installed, repeat the same procedure to flash the Gapps file
Step-10: After the installation process is completed, reboot phone by selecting reboot system now from the recovery menu
Your Galaxy Note 3 should be running on the CyanogenMod build based on Android Lollipop.