Google just did the right thing with Fortnite on Google Play

16 August, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Fortnite for Android reminds users to be safe, and to block installation from unknown sources

However, this optional evening for the Android smartphones will not appear until September, because Fortnite is a temporary exclusive project for the smartphone Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Using its Twitter handle, Fortnite has confirmed that the Android beta program is now open to more non-Samsung phones, including the Pixels, Huawei's and even the Essential Phone. Fortnite for Android may well be the first time that many Android users have downloaded anything that wasn't from the Google Play store. This is very likely to be automatically generated by Google's search algorithms, rather than any attempt on Google's part to direct potential customers elsewhere; the game was the top result prior to the announcement of the beta as well. From there, search for Fortnite and download the installer. It is interesting to see how the PUBG vs Fortnite battle pans out now that both games are pretty much available on all platforms. In fact, Google Play is informing its users that the game is not available for download on its store. "You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust".

Google had introduced its new Google News app during this year's Google I/O, and it seems like Google Assistant will be able to read those stories to you. The game earned $100 million in its first 90 days on iOS.


Steve Bailey, a games analyst with IHS Technology said, "For any developer, going outside the established distribution channels and opting for a direct-to-consumer will be a major challenge, particularly on mobile where getting users to register and share payment details is an issue".

Epic Games has taken the somewhat unusual move of distributing the mobile-version of its popular Fortnite title through its own website, potentially saving up to $50 million according to app economy analyst firm State Tower.

In closed platforms such as the Xbox or PlayStation, Fortnite is available only through the official stores, the same on iOS with Apple also taking 30 percent of all in-game purchase revenues through the App Store. Having said that, Google has started releasing this feature to Google Assistant, it seems, though the feature will first hit Android smartphones in the United States, according to Google's press release.

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