The long-awaited Android version of Fortnite Battle Royale is now available in public beta test form, provided that you have one of the applicable Samsung Android devices. If you've got a non-Samsung Android thing, the beta may still officially support your device, just not right now.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4, you can go to Epic's website from your device and exchange your email address for a link to download the beta. If you own the Note 9 or Tab S4 specifically, you'll also receive the new Galaxy skin, seen above. Epic hasn't called this an "exclusive" skin as far as we've seen, so hopefully buying a $1,000 phone isn't the only way to get this thing. Currently the beta does not support bluetooth controllers or voice chat, though both are planned for later. Anyone determined to be using mouse and keyboard inputs during an Android match will be removed.
Also, just a heads up, there's an ongoing issue where some players on eligible Samsung devices are receiving an error message when trying to log into the game. Epic's "workaround" is basically just "have you tried turning it off and on again," but the developer says it has found the cause of the error and is working on a fix.
If you don't own a Samsung Android device, you can still sign up for the beta at the link above, you just won't be able to hop in today. "We’ll start rolling out access to players as we work on supporting a wider variety of devices in the next few days," says Epic. Still, only select devices are officially supported by the beta -- here's the full breakdown:
- 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, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20, P20 Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30, V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5, 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5, Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus, Mi 6, Mi 6 Plus, Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer, Mi 8SE, Mi Mix, Mix Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7, Axon 7s, Axon M, Nubia, Z17, Z17s, Nubia Z11
That's a lot of letters and numbers and now words don't really look right anymore, but here we are. Notably absent from this list are all Motorola, Sony, Lenovo, and HTC devices, as well as the Samsung Galaxy J series and LG's K and Q series phones. According to the Fortnite Android FAQ, your phone "might still work" even if it's not on the list of supported devices, but mileage will vary. Android users are probably pretty used to mileages varying by now, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise. We'll keep y'all updated on if/when the Android version leaves beta, and if/when the Galaxy skin becomes available through other means.