Google telling users that the Play Store doesn't have Fortnite

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Epic says that 300 million of the 2.5 billion active Android phones, or 12%, will be able to run Fortnite "well".

Having originally been restricted to Samsung phones, including the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 9, the game can now be played on a host of other Android devices, including phones from Google, LG, Razer, Essential, Nokia, OnePlus and several others. Then came the bombshell that it wasn't going down that route and that the company would instead essentially roll its own application installer for Android that would be built to distribute one app and one app only: Fortnite for Android. By displaying this message in searches for Fortnite, Google is warning those people that the official Fortnite game isn't in the Play Store, helping them to avoid fakes that could try to scam them.

However, it's also very possible that Epic will simply ban the account used to access Fortnite as well as the smartphone that it's running on.

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It doesn't change the security model and how Epic's distribution fits within it, but it does remind users to make sure their devices are protected as much as they can be. To install Fortnite, users have to allow installation from unknown sources and install the.APK file directly.

Last Thursday, Samsung and Epic Games announced that at first, the Android version of the Fortnite Battle Royale app would be exclusive to the Galaxy Apps store. In the meantime, you will receive an email containing a pre-install that you need to load on your phone.

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