According to a new leak, Fortnite on Android is not that far away but maybe don't expect to find the game on the Google Play Store when it finally drops.
Dataminers at xda-developers.com managed to find a not-yet-live webpage for Fortnite Android on Epic's website which outlines instructions on how to get the game running on your Android device. One instruction is a bit curious however stating, "Once you download, you will be prompted with some security permissions." The page further adds that "This is necessary to install any app outside of the Play Store."
It's true that apps downloaded outside the Google Play Store require special permissions in order to fully install on an Android device. But this is usually for apps that can't be found on the Google Play Store for one reason or another (usually because the app violates parts of the Google Play Store's terms of service). However, there's no reason to believe this is the case with Fortnite Android.
Another theory is that Epic is trying to avoid Google's 30 percent take from Fortnite Android through the Google Play In-app Billing, no doubt a lucrative cut given how popular Fortnite is on existing platforms. iOS for the matter also takes 30 percent on all sales, but the App Store is harder to bypass. That means Epic is losing out on 30 percent of the $150 million mobile revenue on iOS alone
The leaks coincide with other rumors from xda-developers that say that Fortnite Android will be a 30-day exclusive for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is set to be revealed on August 9. That means when the Note 9 officially comes out on August 24, it will be 30 days until Fortnite becomes available on other Android phones. A huge coup for Samsung if true.
There are 40 other Android phones listed to be compatible with Fortnite, including models from Samsung, Google, Huawei, and LG. We reached out to Epic but received no comment. For more on Fortnite on iOS, check out our Fortnite mobile guide. We also have a Fortnite guide to get you through all the new challenges.