CyanogenMod is definitely the best and most popular ROM in the market. This custom ROM supports the metric crapload of Android handset and also enables the same handsets to go far past their primes at the same time.

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The most recent devices to get support for CynogenMod 14.1 nightlies include the Moto X 2014, two variant of Samsung Galaxy S3, two Xiaomi smartphones, some Oppophones, two versions of HTC One Max, and more.

Here are few handsets that support the CynogenMod 14.1 nightlies in the few last days:

  • HTC One Max (t6vzw) (Verizon)
  • HTC One Max (t6)
  • LG G3 (d852) (Canada)
  • Moto X 2014 (victara)
  • BQ Aquaris E5 4G (vegetalte)
  • Oppo Find 7s (find7s)
  • Oppo Find 7a (find7)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon) (d2vzw)
  • Oppo N3 (n3)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (Intl) (i9300)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (kenzo)
  • Xiaomi Mi Max (hydrogen)

The S3 is definitely an old handset, but CynogenMod is doing an incredible job in keeping the S3’s software up-to-date. The Oppo’s software is also is not that good, so CyanogenMod 14.1 should make it better. The CynogenMod developer team is still working on the Android 7.1 Nougat custom ROMs for the international HTC One A9, the Moto X Play, Moto E LTE the 2015 version.

CM14.1 is the also compatible with the devices below:

  • Google Nexus 5
  • Moto X Pure Edition (clark) (2015)
  • Oppo R7 Plus
  • Oppo R5s/R5
  • Nextbit Robin

How to install the CynaogenMod 14.1 on your Galaxy S3

First time CM14.1 installation

  • Go to the official Wiki page
  • Then flash the custom recovery via Odin or Heimdall
  • Push the CM14.1 ZIP AND GApps (arm) to your device
  • Boot your device into Recovery
  • Factory reset your device
  • Flash the CynagoneMod 14.1 from the SD card
  • Also, flash GApps from the SD card
  • Reboot your handset

Upgrading from an earlier version of CM i.e. 13.0

  • Update the recovery. It is done automatically. To download the TWRP click here.
  • Push the CyanogenMod 14.1 zip to the SD card
  • Boot your device in recovery
  • Flash the CyanogenMod 14.1 from the SD card.
  • Flash the latest GApps for Android 7.1 handset if you’re upgrading from an earlier Android OS version
  • Reboot
Source: Android Beat

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There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool