Although Fortnite fans might still be waiting for the Epic Games to announce the release date for Battle Royale on Android, there is some good news following a new report by Bloomberg this week.
Incidentally, it doesn't make for good reading for Fortnite's main mobile rival, PUBG.
According to Bloomberg although Fortnite is only available on iOS devices, it is reported making five times the revenue compared to PUBG Mobile which is on both iOS and Android.
Likewise, the report notes that Fortnite only has (roughly) half the downloads on mobile devices when compared to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
The core numbers appear to have originated from market intelligence firm Sensor Tower, who believe Fortnite has generated $92 million since the initial release.
In comparison, PUBG is believed to have grossed roughly $19 million over the same period.
Another significant difference between the two mobile games is that Fortnite's revenue comes mainly from their US market.
But it should also be noted that in Asia, the majority of smartphones run on Android and with no compatible game, it's understandable that the game would be lagging behind PUBG in that market.
The same report suggests that about 17 per cent of PUBG mobile's revenue is from Japan with a further 11% from South Korea.
All the more reason for Epic Games to get their skates on and release Fortnite on Android as quickly as they can.
Fortnite fans already have a wealth of devices with which to play Battle Royale. PS4, Xbox One, PC, Apple iOS and most recently, Nintendo Switch, following an E3 2018 announcement, Nintendo Switch.
That latest rollout for the game was not only welcomed by the larger community, but also, in just a few short days helped bump the Battle Royale player base to a mightily impressive 125 million players.
But there's one device still remaining and that's Android smartphones.
Epic Games have already confirmed they're working towards an Android release, but equally, they are also taking their time given the huge scale of the task at hand.
So, you're probably wondering, 'when can I download Fortnite Battle Royale on my Android smartphone?'. Don't worry, you're not the only one asking that question.
Thankfully, everything you could want to know, including the potential release date, whether the game will undergo a period of beta testing and also a very important warning to ward you off fake apps, can be found here.
From now until the release we'll be updating this page with everything you need to know about Epic Games next big release for the game.
Why is Fortnite Android taking so long?
There's a very good reason why the Android release date is taking much longer than expected and that's because, unlike Apple iOS, Epic Games are attempting to make the game compatible for a huge range of Android devices.
Previously, speaking to Forbes, Epic Games Nick Chester said:
“There’s a very wide range of Android devices that we want to support. We want to make sure Android players have a great experience, so we’re taking more time to get it right.“
It's unlikely that Fortnite will support ALL devices, but it's likely that Epic will cover a majority of the most used devices and most recent operating systems.
So when is Fortnite coming to Android?
The good news for those of you looking forward to an Android release for the game is that Epic has given an official timeframe for when the game will come to the Google Play store.
Talking to fans in May, Epic Games said:
“We are targeting this summer for the release. We know many of you are excited for this release, and we promise that when we have more information to share, you’ll hear it from us first."
For those wanting to put an official date in the calendar, when can we expect to see the Android Fortnite release?
Technically Summer 2018 started on Thursday 21st June and ends on Sunday 23 September.
So in theory, we could be playing the Android version any day now.
Realistically though, it's unlikely to be right away the second it is announced, as we suspect Epic Games will want a small beta test for the game ahead of a full-scale rollout, just like they did on iOS.
How to sign up for Fortnite Android beta?
As of yet, Epic Games have not confirmed an official Fortnite Android release date or a beta testing period.
However, we're confident there will be one.
As and when players will likely need to sign-up at www.Fortnite.com for the chance to be one of the first to play the game on Android Smartphone devices.
Email invites will start rolling out soon thereafter. And assuming it's handled exactly like the games Apple iOS testing period any users who are invited will receive an email with a link to download the game from the Google Play Store.
Players who do receive invites from Epic will also, likely, get additional friend invite codes to share with friends.
Finally, a warning
Whilst the game isn't available yet on Android, a number of sites and apps have been attempting to mimic the app in a bid to obtain sensitive data from users.
These Android apps look perfectly legit, but are in actual fact a wide variety of malicious apps capable of accessing cameras, harvesting and wiping device data and even recording audio on victims’ phones.
Users should beware of malware authors looking to exploit their desire to play Fortnite on Android," warned researchers at Zscaler’s ThreatLabZ. "We urge users to download games only from authorized and legitimate sources, such as Google Play.”
Here's a bit more info courtesy of Threatpost:
ThreatLabZ researchers said that they observed Android spyware, cryptomining malware and a scam app claiming to help players earn free V-bucks, the virtual currency used within the game. The latter was actually found in Google Play, a Zscaler spokesperson told Threatpost, but the remaining were found on third-party app stores.
One case of Android spyware purports to be the game, showing an icon with the Fortnite name when downloaded. However, upon installation, the spyware begins to harvest call logs – including missed calls and phone contacts. It can also make calls, and features a prompt enabling Accessibility services, meaning it can obtain certain privileged operations without user interaction.
The safest thing to do, if you're unsure, is to check the official Fortnite website before committing to downloading anything purporting to be Fortnite Battle Royale on an Android device.