Fortnite for Android may not be Google Play Store download, compatible handset list spotted

It's been nearly four months since Fortnite became publically available on iOS, albeit with some device restrictions. Since then, users in the Android camp have had to make do with a general release date of the title sometime this summer. However, in the last week, rumors have circulated that Fortnite on Android might end up being a temporary exclusive on the yet-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Now, it appears that new information may have come to light in terms of what smartphones will be supported by Fortnite as well as how the game may end up being downloaded. With respect to the former, CPUs of similar caliber to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 320, MediaTek MT6737, Exynos 7870, or HiSilicon Kirin 655 will do the trick when teamed up with an Adreno 505 or Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB RAM. However, in terms of specifics, the following handsets were spotted by XDA Developers earlier today:

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Huawei P8 Lite (2017)
  • LG G6
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+
  • Motorola Moto E4 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5s
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
  • Nokia 6
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Sony Xperia XZs
  • Sony Xperia XZ1

However, perhaps more curiously, is the means by which gamers may be expected to get their hands on Fortnite. Found buried in the web page source for the Fortnite mobile page, were references to downloading the game directly via a browser and then accept security permissions given that it would end up being a sideloaded app outside of the Google Play Store.

This is a curious departure from the mainstream for such a highly anticipated title, particularly given the dangers of downloading fake apps from sources purporting to be the real deal. Of course, whether or not this turns out to just be an initially stopgap measure or the status quo remains to be seen. With just a bit over a week until the expected reveal of Samsung's Galaxy Note9, we may not have to wait too long to find out.

Source: XDA Developers via TechRadar

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