The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is on the horizon, and it will arrive alongside one highly-anticipated launch: Fortnite for Android. We have been getting new reports almost every day, and this week news have been even better given the three new details about the Android launch of Fortnite.
First, we found out about the minimum requirements (although not publicly official yet) to play Fortnite according to its creators, the game’s possible launch on Galaxy Apps, and a deal that would give 15000 V-Bucks to those who pre-order a Galaxy Note 9.
Fortnite for Android’s minimum requirements
Let’s start with the minimum requirements. Although it seems Fortnite will be a Galaxy Note 9 exclusive at first and at least for a period of time that some claim will be up to four months, it would then be available for everybody else as long as the minimum requirements are met.
The information has been compiled by XDA and comes from Epic Games’ own website, although it is not officially published on the website yet. The information is encrypted in the entitlement API related to a promotion to get in-game currency by pre-ordering a Galaxy Note 9, although the text is quite explicit. This is what the text says:
Requirements to play Fortnite: Internet connection, 64-bit Android 5.0 or higher. 3 GB of RAM. Adreno 530, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher.
So, the filters in terms of compatibility are based on the amount of RAM (3 GB minimum) and the GPU. There is no information regarding the CPU, but given the aforementioned GPUs, we would be talking about a Snapdragon 820 (or equivalent) or higher.
Launch on Galaxy Apps
At first, Fortnite for Android will not be available on Google Play, we already know that. However, it is possible for it to be available on Samsung’s store, Samsung Galaxy Apps. This would make the download and update easier for compatible Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Note 9, for the duration of the exclusivity deal.
Once again, XDA was the one to reveal the news after finding references to the API for in-app purchases in Samsung’s SDK in Fortnite’s APK installer, which has been analyzed for a few days.
The launch in Galaxy Apps would facilitate in-app purchases through the API from Samsung, and is the main alternative (in Samsung devices, at least) to be able to process payments in an app that is not available on Google Play. It is unclear what will happen with the rest of the devices and how in-app purchases will be processed, but the solution may be to link a credit card, for example.
With Samsung, Epic could get more profit for every purchase than with Google Play.
But why Galaxy Apps and not Google Play? The answer could lie in the commission rate. Officially, purchases in Galaxy Apps follow Google’s 70-30% rate, but the partner program opens the door for a 80-20% rate or other mutual agreements. Taking into account that it will be an exclusive launch, it is very likely that we are looking at a special agreement.
15000 V-Bucks if you pre-order a Galaxy Note 9
Lastly, buying a Galaxy Note 9 does not only mean that you will be the first to test Fortnite for Android but also that you will take home 15000 V-Bucks, the game’s in-game currency, worth about €130. The only condition is that you have to pre-order a Galaxy Note 9.
Of course, the information also comes from Fortnite’s installer, which XDA was able to obtain. We will have to wait for the official announcement to read the fine print and see if these promotions will be available around the globe.