This week, much has been made of the fact that the Android version of Fortnite will not be available through the Google Play marketplace. If Epic Games finds that the economic benefits outweigh any issues that arise from being MIA in the Play store, perhaps other Android video game and app developers will seek to go around Google, regardless of the security risk to its own users. Pirated and stolen versions of apps are often released via APK's.
Fortnite is a global sensation. However, the millions of kids who just want to play the latest and greatest game probably aren't aware of that. There are already global tournaments happening.
Google's release of Android 9 Pie yesterday brought with it the final release of an update that has been seeing steady developer preview releases for months now and while it came earlier than many had expected, it's great to see any big Android update arrive. Well, now Google is making it extra-clear that you can't download Fortnite with a bespoke message in mobile search results. This is likely because you can't install apps from the Play Store on your computer, so there's no fear of you downloading something you didn't mean to. The company looked to target two birds with one stone as it upgraded the S-Pen and made sure that Fortnite for Android became an exclusive for the Note 9. After that, the beta will open to a handful more.
The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company's app store.