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Dec
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LEGO licenses out a new video game every other week these days, but let us not forget that this brand still consists of more than adorable animated characters acting out our favorite movie scenes. These are building blocks, and if you still want to spend hours meticulously crafting a plastic masterpiece at home, LEGO is just as eager as ever to make that happen. The company has now provided instructions for building the LEGO TECHNIC Hot Rod or Rally Racer in a convenient, and free, app format.

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The app lets you pick which of the two cars you wish to build, pan around, zoom in as needed, and view animations to confirm if you're doing things correctly. But - and this is a big 'but' - you will need a tablet to make use of this visual aid, and not just any tablet, you need an older one.

LEGO® Building Instructions is in continuous development to ensure its availability on a wide range of devices. Currently the app is optimized for the following devices:

● Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
● Nexus 7 first generation

That's right, LEGO says you need either an original Nexus 7 or a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet in order to use the app. Though, on the other hand, we've found that there may be some wiggle room here, as one of us has an aging Galaxy Tab 8.9 that's also supported. Yay?

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Kieron Quinn

    Shows as compatible with my Galaxy Nexus too, but not my Nexus 7 FHD or Nexus 5 XD

  • Sorian

    Whoever the developer for LEGO needs to open up the device list, can't see why its limited.

  • Paul_Werner

    I love my "old" Nexus 7 tablet. It doesn't feel dated to me just yet. YMMV of course

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  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Compatible with the original Note 10.1 WiFi.

  • wolfkabal

    My 'old' HTC Evo View (HTC Flyer) is compatible as well.

  • Arthur Dent

    LEGO app fail ...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    2012 N7 and TF300 are the only ones supported on my end. Old tablet is right.

    At least I think it'll be fine once they test it on more devices and open up the list. But yeah, this is dumb. Releasing for older devices instead of newer ones first?

    • Jonathan Berry

      It's not showing as compatible with my TF300. At least not on the web.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Ah, I just put CM10.2 on it the other day, maybe that's why. It breathed new life into the old piece of crap, it's not as old or crappy anymore.

        • Jonathan Berry

          Hmm, I've been thinking about unlocking the bootloader and trying a custom ROM. Sounds like it might be worth a try.

          ASUS was quick to upgrade to 4.2, but has been disappointing in the upgrades department lately. The TF300 isn't bad as long as you keep it charged and don't try to do anything at the same time it's writing to flash. I have also contemplated selling it and buying a Chromebook and N7 2013. I'll at least get a Chromebook if I can find a C720 with 4GB RAM for sale (for the normal $250 price).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I've been using mine as a 24/7 Google Analytics display for AP, and let me tell you - it's absolutely unusable for anything else, that's how slow mine has gotten. It would also randomly shut off or reboot sometimes within a day, sometimes once every several days. So far, after CM10.2, it's a lot faster, and it's so stable that it hasn't rebooted once. It's now the ideal site monitor :)

          • Jonathan Berry

            Cool, thanks for the tip! Are there any special steps needed to install CM10.2? Poking around a little didn't seem to turn up much recent info about CM on the TF300.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Download the apk from ASUS to unlock the bootloader, then flash TWRP, and install the nightly from CM. That's all I did. Nothing tricky other than having to figure out the first step to unlock the bootloader first.

  • Adam Howard

    Also will install on an Acer A500 tablet.

  • Immabed

    I was expecting only honeycomb support or something, this is nearly as as bad.

  • Jeff Tycz

    Sounds like they have a bunch of top developers at lego where they can only support 2 devices..../s

  • Cherokee4life

    Works with ASUS TF700t

  • http://b-real.org/ Gisle Enåsen

    So, I can't use my Nexus 10 for this?

    I have a Technic lego car 8880 (http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/8880_Super_Car) and Lego does not want me to rebuild it? FINE! HAVE IT YOUR WAY! =(

    • Colin Richardson

      The Supercar is still my favorite lego sets from my childhood. Though, even though I am now 29 with a mortgage and all those other things adults are meant to worry about, when asked by my parents what I want for Xmas, I still ask for Lego. :D Currently want the Mobile Crane mk2 :D

  • Mathias Kenting

    Also supported on my Galaxy Tab 10.1!

  • guest

    I have that aging tab 8.9 and it runs everything just fine, no problems at all except that it is stuck at Ics.

  • pobautista

    Hey no app permissions. Is this real life?

  • Edgar Brat

    LEGO DEVELOPERS YOU ARE CREATING GREAT STUFF...will desperately wait for this app to be compatible with more devices...my son loves Lego...haaa and me too...he is just 6 years old but we are on Technic already...cheers

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