The ‘Battle Royale’ genre of games is a particularly popular one right now particular on smartphones. Two games in particular stand out, having taking control of the space in short time: PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds Mobile (popularly known as PUBG Mobile) and Fortnite. But while PUBG Mobile is available on both Android and iOS, Fortnite by Epic Games has been limited to iOS for some months now.
Recent reports suggest that Fortnite could finally be coming to the Android platform as early as August as a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exclusive, when the phone is launched. The game is likely to be exclusive to the new flagship smartphone from Samsung for a 30-day period, after which it will be opened up to other phones. And while the obvious thought is that it will be made available for all devices on the Google Play Store like PUBG Mobile, it now seems that this won’t be the case.
A report by XDA Developers points out that there is a limited list of Android devices that will support the game, and that the game will be downloadable through Epic Games’ website rather than through the Google Play Store. This will, of course, require users to allow apps to be installed outside of the Google Play Store, which can be done through the settings on Android phones.
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A large list of phones is expected to be supported by Fortnite for Android, which includes both flagship and mid-range devices. Among the dedicated gaming phones, only the Razer Phone makes the list. There are many popular devices missing from the list, including the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z, both of which run flagship hardware and are touted for performance. In particular, devices from Samsung, Sony, Motorola and Huawei have been favored, along with the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Fortnite for Android will likely go live on the platform on August 24 alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and then get a wider launch on other supported smartphones a month later (towards the end of September). If your phone isn’t on the list, you’ll just have to stick to PUBG Mobile for now.