Fortnite will Soon Arrive to Android, but it will not do so through Google Play

Fortnite Android
Written by Hassan Abbas

One of the launches of the year has decided to stand up to Google and since Epic has announced that Fortnite will not be launched through Google Play.

One of the games of the year is already on the starting line for its arrival on Android, but the release of Fortnite is not going to be a normal one: the game cannot be installed through Google Play. A whole declaration of intentions on the part of Epic Games that is causing some polemic in the industry.

Fortnite Android

We spent a few weeks attending a whole festival of rumors, gossip, and bickering in which Fortnite has been the key word in all of them. We are not too many friends with the rumor mill and for that reason, we have not wanted to join this clickbait train in which all the media have fought for the crumbs of the cake. But now we already know some more information about the more than possible launch of Fortnite for Android. The date? Presumably, the same day that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes out, although for now, we can not put our hands on the fire for this claim.

A thousand and one different dates have been said about the launch of Fortnite for Android devices, but the latter may become a poisoned gift for those users who do not have, allegedly, a Samsung Galaxy Note 9: rumors suggest that this release will be Exclusively temporary for the owners of this terminal. An information that is escalating to rumors where Fortnite Mobile will be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy family for four months. We will have to wait until August 9, the date where the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be presented, so that we can glimpse once and for all what is really true in these affirmations.

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But although the temporary exclusivity of Fortnite can be very bad news for the rest of Android users, even more, important is the announcement that this work will not go through Google Play. A news that was advanced from XDA and that has come true to everyone’s surprise. Since Epic has decided to stand up to Google since they do not want to pay 30% of their profits to the Mountain View company, as stated by the CEO of Epic, Tim Sweeney, in The Verge. He also said that another reason for Fortnite not being downloaded by Google Play is that they want to “have a more direct relationship with their customers” without intermediaries in between.

This future release is creating some uncertainty and some media have launched to make somewhat alarmist articles about it. Therefore, we wanted to clarify a couple of questions about the security of APK files and the use of sources other than Google Play to install applications on Android.

Downloading APKs from reliable sources is safe

We find it strange to have to answer such questions and more when we have long been the alternative to Google Play, but circumstances require it: downloading APKs from alternative sources to the Google market is reliable. You just have to have a bit of common sense and choose and distribution platforms that are credible. The same happens with the download of files in Windows. It would be a mistake to think that everything that is not Google Play is not reliable since we have already seen many cases where downloading through Google Play has ended up in apps that infect our devices with malware. For that reason we do not finish to understand that there are so many voices obstinate to that Fortnite for Android does not happen through Google Play.

The question is to download APKs from reliable websites, such as APKMirror, APKPure or ourselves. All the files that are downloaded from our site have previously gone through the Virustotal service, where more than 50 antivirus programs analyze them in detail. That is why the download of APKs from our website is totally reliable for the user. And we are convinced that Epic will take things as seriously as we do.

Android is not Google Play

As strange as this statement may seem, Android is not an operating system that forces its users to use Google Play, yes or yes. It may be that in the West, every device of the android goes through the Google suite, but in Asia, it does not happen the same. That’s why there are alternative marketplaces like we can be ourselves: in Uptodown we want that every Android user can enjoy a free ecosystem that adapts to their needs, no matter where they live on the planet or the mobile device they have in hand.

Doubting the importance of Google Play would be quite stupid on our part since it is a fundamental platform for the development and exposure of the Android ecosystem. But the same goes for other successful platforms like Steam for the PC world. Although they are tremendously important places, this does not magically make them the only sites that we have to access to download applications. There is a whole world of possibilities outside of them, such as the launch of Fortnite and how our website has been doing it for a long time. Android was born with the idea of being an open platform, something that seems that many do not want to understand.

What are the Fortnite compatible devices

We want to end the list of mobile devices that are supposed to be compatible with Fortnite for Android. We knew that Fortnite was going to claim powerful devices, but it is at least strange that we do not see in the list of popular brands like Xiaomi. According to XDA-Developers, the minimum specifications of this list go through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU, MediaTek MT6737, Exynos 7870 or HiSilicon Kirin 655, an Adreno 505 or Mali-T720 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. So we hope that many of us can play Fortnite if we meet these specifications, although our devices are not on the list that we leave below.

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
  • LG G6
  • LG V30
  • LG V30 +
  • Motorola Moto E4 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5s
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
  • Nokia 6
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 +
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 +
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XZs
  • Sony Xperia XZ1

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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