The Android operating system allows users to download programs from third party services unlike the iOS, which restricts app downloads to the App Store only.
Google is taking special steps to let Google Play users know they'll have to go outside of the centralized app store to download Fortnite onto their Android device. Epic Games is clearly going full steam ahead when it comes to keeping Fortnite fans happy in regards to new content, with the heavy sniper being just the latest in a string of new gameplay additions. But it won't be the only device you can use to enjoy the wildly popular free-to-play, cross-platform online shooter on a smaller screen (albeit the Galaxy Note 9 is anything but a small phone). Well, that exclusive period is up and Fortnite is now available for more devices. Make sure you've signed up for the beta and check your emails regularly as Epic is updating compatible devices daily.
Researchers add that Epic Games could be swarmed by complaints from users who want to play the game, safely download it, or are not aware of installing APKs on their phones.
When you get the email from Epic, depending on your security settings, you'll likely be asked to grant Android permissions to install apps from "Unknown" sources. But by distributing the game itself, Epic has ensured that every penny made on Android ends up in its own bank account. All you need to do is fire up Galaxy Apps and search for it (though right now it's featured on the front page). Neat-o (?) This app is required even on Samsung devices, though it can be downloaded from the official Galaxy Apps store. In fact, the loss of users will potentially be offset somewhat by players in countries without Google Play access being able download the game directly and spend money on in-game purchases.
Unfortunately, most users won't get past the sign-in process as only invited players will be able to launch the game.
Fortnite is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.