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Fortnite is one of the most popular games out right now and Google is certainly missing out on a lot of revenue as Epic Games' biggest hit will not be available on the Google Play Store. And not just after the initial download, but for every update as well?

The userbase of Android is much higher than iOS so even if the Google Play Store doesn't charge fees as high as Apple, its still a huge loss for the company, at least $50 million as suggested by data analysts. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android. Apple doesn't allow app downloads from anywhere but the official App Store on its mobile devices. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device.

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All Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 users will get an exclusive Fortnite Galaxy skin that can help them stand apart in the game.

When searching for Fortnite in Google Play on your Android device (Note: this doesn't appear on Google Play on the web), you'll now be presented with a message from Google advising you that the app is not available on Google Play.

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If more developers follow Epic's path, then the road to unauthorized and potentially harmful downloads on Android devices will only widen. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while.

Epic Games confirmed that it would be coming to Android "this summer", but then it all went a bit quiet, leaving Android users scrambling for any info they could on when they might get their hands on it.

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