Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Android 9.0 Pie update for Moto E5

Android 9.0 Pie update for Moto E5

The rumours have proven true, as Fortnite has finally launched on Android as a Samsung exclusive. However, owners of those devices may want to proceed with caution.

An APK for Fortnite on Android has been leaked, allowing some players to play the game on their Android devices before it has officially released. Pirated and stolen versions of apps are often released via APK's. Of Fortnite's 125 million and growing userbase, many of them young teens, how many of them will cautious and security conscious enough to turn the security settings back on?

This long waiting time has perhaps lead to some impatience, and thus users are using an APK to download Android Fortnite before it's release.

Spotted by Reddit users (via 9to5Google), Google is now somewhat acknowledging the fact that Fortnite is not available on Google Play. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device. However, for Android users, that won't be an option. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game.

Avoiding Google Play distribution means Epic gets to keep all of the in-app purchase revenue rather than paying 30 percent of it to Google. Old cookies and pieIf you own Nvidia Shield or Xiaomi Mi TV you may or may not have received the Android 8 Oreo update but if you own an Android TV from Sony, Philips, TCL or any other brand, you are still running Android 7 or something even older.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways.

Google's release of Android 9 Pie yesterday brought with it the final release of an update that has been seeing steady developer preview releases for months now and while it came earlier than many had expected, it's great to see any big Android update arrive.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a risky precedent for Google. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while.

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