- Recently, Epic Games announced the Fortnite Android Beta. People with eligible Samsung Phones or Tablets are able to get the game without actually waiting for anything, while others will have to join a wait list. Let’s have a look.
Details & Eligible Devices
Firstly, if your device isn’t on the list, they say that Fortnite Android should work if you have the following specs –
- OS: 64 bit Android, 5.0 or higher
- RAM: 3GB or higher
- GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
The Fortnite Android Beta is fully supported on the following devices –
- Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7Edge, S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
The following devices are unsupported but they’re working on fixes for supporting them soon –
- HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+
- Lenovo: Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
- Sony: Xperia: XZ/ XZs, XZ1, XZ2
The lists are from the Fortnite Android Beta FAQ.
How to get the Fortnite Android Beta
It’s simple. Head over to Fortnite.com/Android and then join the waitlist by signing in or creating an account if you don’t have one. You’ll then have to play the waiting Keep checking your email for an invite to the Fortnite Android Beta and from there you can follow simple steps to download the installer and then install the game.
By the way, Epic Games isn’t going to use Google Play Store for the beta or the even the final game. If you have an eligible Samsung Device, you can get the game on Samsung’s Galaxy Apps instead and you won’t have to wait for anything.
The Samsung Exclusive Galaxy Skin
People who purchase the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Galaxy Tab S4 will get this new outfit called ‘Galaxy’. Only the players who play on those devices will be able to get the outfit, so it’s entirely exclusive to those two new Samsung device
Thoughts on how Fortnite Android runs like
Firstly, it’s a beta version. Betas are an early, uncompleted version of the app and are bound to have bugs, glitches and slowdowns. Many players are getting inconsistent performance, lower than expected graphics and just not a decent overall experience. On devices like the OnePlus 6, Galaxy Note 9, S9 Plus which all have flagship Snapdragon 845 level performance, the game runs at 30FPS on Epic Settings.
Epic Games did seem to optimize the Fortnite Android Beta a little better for Samsung devices, as the game seems to run more consistently with them. But for a beta, I would say the experience is pretty solid. Big changes will be coming in the future. It’s actually quite impressive what they’ve managed to pull off right now.
Here’s the thing – The game does run much better for iOS devices because it’s easier for the Fortnite Team to develop for Apple iOS Devices because there’s a small list of devices that they need to take care of and optimize – meanwhile for Android, there are literally millions of devices with varying resolutions, specifications, display sizes, software and what not.
What do you think about the Fortnite Android Beta? How has your experience with it been like? Let’s discuss in the comments.