Fortnite is coming to Android, but there’s a catch
July 31, 2018

Hit game is already available on every other platform.

Fortnite is currently the hottest game at the moment, and while players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and even iOS are all enjoying the battle royale spectacle, Android users are still waiting for their turn.

While it is confirmed that Fortnite is still coming to Android, there might be some hurdles that might annoy users, one of which is that the game might be a timed exclusive to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This means that the game will only be available exclusively to that device for a certain time.

But there might even worse news than that (depending on how you’ll interpret it). It was recently discovered that Epic Games might instruct Android users that you would need to install Fortnite manually and not through the Google Play Store.

Expert Android users shouldn’t have a problem with though, but for the more casual user, it could be a little complicated. But this also means that if you are sideloading an app (meaning to install it manually and not through the Play Store), it could mean that Epic Games is requesting all users to enable the installation from unknown sources which is normally disabled.

Security-wise, this isn’t a good idea since you’re literally allowing any app to be installed on your device without the need for a security check.

Google normally takes a 30 percent cut on all apps installed through the Play Store, which could be the reason Epic Games is considering manual installation.

It isn’t confirmed however so there is still a chance that you’d see Fortnite arrive on the Play Store. Hopefully, that time should come sooner than we can expect.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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