Stable CM12 Android 5.0 Lollipop Released for Samsung Galaxy S5

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Are you ready to update your Galaxy S5 with a custom ROM? Well, if you want to test a new Android powered firmware but you can’t find a stable and smooth software, then I have some good news for you. New CM12 built, based on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, has been made available for your Galaxy S5 device.

So, after those of xda-developers released CM 12 ROMs for other smartphones, such as Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note N7000 or Motorola Moto G, now Galaxy S5 is joining the club. The new platform is coming as a stable update for your S5 and brings lot of new features and apps and no Samsung TouchWiz UI. Yes, that’s right, now you can experience a Nexus-like Android Lollipop OS on your own Samsung Galaxy S5 without dealing with Samsung’s built in features and apps.

Anyway, this is not the official CyanogenMod 12 launch as the update is developed by those of xda-developers (we should thank them for this release though). But, the ROM is stable and works without problems on the Galaxy S5, even though we are dealing with the alpha version. Yes, that’s right, this is the first CM12 built, but don’t worry; you can safely flash the ROM for a daily use as most of features are working without problems – get more details by checking the devs page from here.

Now if you want to update your Galaxy S5 with CM12 custom ROM, then you need to know that you will lose the warranty of your phone. CM 12 is based on stock Android 5.0 Lollipop but it isn’t an official update provided by Samsung or by Google. Thus, you will complete an unofficial operation. Moreover, for being able to complete the flashing process, first you will have to root your S5 and install a custom recovery image on your device (for more details on the update process check this step by step guide).

There you have it. CM12 is now available for your Samsung Galaxy S5. This is the first important custom ROM that is available for this smartphone, as for now all the other platforms weren’t relevant at all. What do you say, will you test the CyanogenMod platform or you rather wait for the OTA release?

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