The Fortnite Mobile for Android APK has been leaked ahead of the game's official release, and while it remains unplayable, it reveals a few more details about the Battle Royale shooter.
Fortnite Mobile for iOS was released in March, and Android device owners have since been waiting for the game's arrival to Google's mobile operating system. The Fortnite Mobile for Android release date is now drawing closer, and it will be bringing a fair share of controversy with it.
Fortnite Mobile To Also Launch On Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
It was previously reported that Fortnite Mobile for Android will launch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 first, and then eventually arriving on other Android-powered smartphones.
With Samsung planning to market the Galaxy Note 9 as a gaming device, customers who preorder the smartphone will receive Fortnite Mobile freebies. Samsung also apparently found a way to make the Galaxy Note 9's S Pen work with Fortnite Mobile, though it remains unclear what the stylus will do in the Battle Royale shooter.
The Fortnite Mobile for Android exclusivity, however, will apparently not only be for the Galaxy Note 9. According to the game's APK discovered by XDA Developers junior member thesbros, the game will also be playable on the Galaxy Tab S4, which was quietly announced in advance of the Samsung Unpacked event that will likely be dominated by the Galaxy Note 9.
Fortnite Mobile Not On Google Play Store, On Samsung Galaxy Apps Store Instead
It was also recently discovered by XDA Developers that Fortnite Mobile for Android will not be download through the Google Play Store. Instead, players will need to download the game through the smartphone's browser.
The leaked Fortnite Mobile for Android APK also contained code that reveals developer Epic Games using the in-app purchase API of Samsung, which raises the possibility that the game will be available through the Galaxy Apps store.
It is widely believed that Epic Games is skipping the Google Play Store with Fortnite Mobile for Android so that it will not have to give up 30 percent of its profits to Google. However, this raised security concerns, as it will continue to expose players to fake Fornite Mobile apps.
The exclusivity period for the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4, however, likely means that Samsung will be paying a considerable amount of money to Epic Games, and not the other way around.
More details about Fortnite Mobile for Android will arrive on the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event on Aug. 9.