Galaxy S7 owners and up get early access today before other Android users. The wildly popular game Fortnite came out for iOS back in April, leaving Android users eagerly awaiting its eventual release on the other mobile operating system. But rumors in the past couple weeks hinted that the game might debut on Samsung phones, and its app store, first. Those whispers were true: At today's Unpacked event, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney himself announced that the popular battle royale title is available in beta right now on its Galaxy phones. But that exclusive only lasts until the wider Android release coming August 12th, according to Android Central. Owners of the S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+ , S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4 can download Fortnite from the Samsung Game Launcher app. Note 9 and Tab S4 users get an exclusive Galaxy skin. Those who pre-order the Note 9 between Aug. 10th and 23rd get a choice between 15,000 bonus V-Bucks ($150 value) to use in-game or a pair of AKG noise-cancelling headphones ($300 value). Or you can buy both for $99. Last week, Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite would skip the Google Play store entirely, effectively denying Google its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases and betting its ravenous fan base would go through a little extra effort (and put their phones at risk) to download the game through its official website. That requires a bit of legwork, so it's obviously a feather in Samsung's cap for players to directly download the title from the company's app store. But every other Android user will only have a few days to wait as Epic begins rolling the game out this week to other devices. Fortnite is rolling out on Android starting today! Samsung Galaxy devices are the first to be invited. Visit the Android Beta blog for more info: #FortniteAndroid Sign up on the game's website to get notified when it's live for your smartphone. Here's Epic Games' list of which devices will support Fortnite' s Android Beta: Follow all the latest news from Galaxy Unpacked 2018 here!
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.