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Change of plans, looks like Fortnite on Android will not be exclusive to the Note 9

It will still be exclusive, but the new Galaxy Tab S4 is joining the list.

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Recently, we covered Fortnite and its potential to be exclusive to the Note 9 when Samsung’s newest smartphone drops in the coming weeks.

Now, it seems, that the Note 9 will share that exclusivity with its tablet-brother, the Galaxy Tab S4, according to a report from XDA-Developers. XDA managed to get ahold of the Fortnite Mobile on Android installer APK and in there it seems that exclusivity would also run over to the Tab S4.

From XDA,

The APK file we obtained is the installer for Fortnite version 5.20 which will go live on other platforms this week. The APK and all required Fortnite battle royale data can be downloaded and installed, but the game will not run on any accounts that haven’t been whitelisted by Epic Games. Regardless, the APK file itself provides some useful information ahead of the game’s launch on Android.

This follows previous reports from XDA that showed the studio behind Fortnite, Epic Games, could be working with Samsung on providing exclusivity for all of its phones before an Android release of the game to the general public. If this is the case, Galaxy S7, S8, S9 and Note 8 owners could have exclusive access to the game for up to 90 days before its full Android release, but after the Note 9 and Tab S4 exclusivity time.

Fortnite continues to prove its the biggest game in the world with announcements like this. In addition, it was recently reported that Epic Games would be forgoing the traditional Google Play Store placement and only offering the game to Android users through their website.

Update: While we were typing this, XDA released more information that seems to show that Fortnite might be available through Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store. This comes from information regarding that same SDK mentioned above. Samsung and Epic Games are definitely building themselves a nice relationship with the hit game and Samsung’s new phones and tablets.

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