"Fortnite" has been released on almost every console except Android devices. The popular battle royale game was released on some iOS devices a few months ago, but Epic Games never revealed any launch date for the game's release on Android devices.

A few days ago, it was rumored that the game will be exclusive to Galaxy Note 9 owners for the first 30-days of its launch (on Android) and, after that, the game will be available on Google Play Store for everyone to download. According to Android Authority, a code snippet found on the "Fortnite" mobile site, with the help of XDA-Developers (largest online Android developer community), suggests the game will not be available on Google Play Store.

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Supported phones

According to Phonearena, the code found on the site also mentioned a list of Android phones that support "Fortnite." Most of the phones are top-end devices from last year, but the game should work just fine on some other powerful phones as well. Below is the list of all the devices that support the game:

  • LG V30 Plus
  • LG V30
  • LG G6
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P8 Lite 2017
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 9/Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10/Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P10/P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 2016
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2017/J7 Pro 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Razer Phone
  • Nokia 6
  • Sony Xperia XZs
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus

Why not release it on Google Play?

Apps on Google Play reach a larger audience since it is available on every Android-powered device.

But, one of the biggest reasons for Epic Games not launching "Fortnite" on Google Play is that Google takes a 30 percent cut from revenues earned on apps.

On iOS, "Fortnite" net Epic Games $2 million per day in the first ten days of Season 5, which means that Epic Games would likely suffer a very big loss if Google cuts 30 percent from the revenue earned on Android, considering how big Android community is as compared to iOS.

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Making the users download the game from an external source adds unnecessary complications and security risks. If the users are not careful, they could end up downloading malicious apps instead of the real game. Currently, we don't know when the game is going to launch on Android, but there's a chance that we'll hear more about the game during Galaxy Note 9 launch.