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Fortnite for Android launches as a Samsung Galaxy exclusive today

Its true, Fortnite is coming to Android this summer. Weve known that for sure since May. There is, however, one key caveat (aside from that whole no Google Play bit): The obscenely popular sandbox survival game will launch on Googles mobile OS as a Samsung exclusive. The Epic title will be available for Galaxy users with an S7 or higher (Note 9,  S9, Note 8, S8, S7,S7 Edge). Those with a Galaxy Tab S4 and S3 will get a crack it it, as well).   That, naturally, includes the new Note 9, which the company is positioning as something of a mobile gaming powerhouse. The specs are certainly impressive, and the 6.4-inch screen should lend itself well to portable gaming. Theres also a new Water Carbon Cooling system on board, to help keep the handset from overheating from more resource-intensive tasks. The new tech improves the liquid cooling system the company has had on-board its Galaxy devices since the S7. Starting today, the title will appear on Galaxy devices game launcher, remaining an Android exclusive until the 12th — at which point, one imagines, it will become more widely available for the rest of Android users. As with the rest of the versions of the title (the PS4s issues aside), the game will support multi-platform crossplay.  To celebrate the deal, those who pre-order the Note 9 will be able to choose between free AKG noise cancelling headphones or a device with a 15,000 V-bucks — the in-game equivalent to to $150 of our regular people dollars. All Note 9 and Tab S4 users will also get access to a Fortnite Galaxy skin (see: above), which is unique to those devices. 

Fortnite for Android is launching today exclusively on recent Samsung Galaxy devices

One of the worst-kept secrets in gaming has turned out to be true: the Android version of Fortnite will be available exclusively on Samsung devices at launch. But its not just the new Note 9 and Tab S4 getting Fortnite; owners of a range of recent Samsung devices — the S9 / S9 Plus, Note 8, Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Tab S3 — can all start playing the beta today. Youll be able to install Fortnite from either Samsungs Game Launcher app or Epics new installer, both available here. The official announcement from Samsung comes after a handful of reports pointed to the possibility, most recently following a leak of the games APK. The exclusivity period will last for the next few days, according to Samsung. That sounds like less than the 30-day window that was rumored, which should be welcome news for fans of the game. Anyone preordering the Galaxy Note 9 will have the option of receiving 15,000 V-bucks and the Fortnite Galaxy skin (seen above) instead of noise-canceling AKG headphones. (Or you can get both by paying $99.) When Fortnite does finally make its way out to the wider Android audience, it wont be a typical launch. You can signup for an invite to the Android beta here; Epic also has a list of the compatible devices in its FAQ. The developer also previously revealed that its bypassing the Google Play Store altogether and instead releasing its own launcher for Fortnite. Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where thats possible, CEO Tim Sweeney told The Verge. The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required. The move also allows Epic to get around the 30 percent fee Google takes from all purchases in its store. At last count, Fortnite had an estimated 125 million players spread out across PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and iOS. With the impending Android launch, the battle royale game is set to get even bigger.