Google Nexus 5X finally receives Android 9.0 Pie via AOSP ROM

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Google does, however, have a beta version of the feature available for anyone who owns a Pixel or Pixel 2 device and is willing to sign up, and thanks to the folks over at XDA-Developers, there is also a way to ignore all that and get it running on other Android 9 Pie devices, too. As spotted by a Reddit user, searching for Fortnite or Fortnite Battle Royale will yield a warning saying the game isn't available on the Play Store. Pirated and stolen versions of apps are often released via APK's. Epic Games, the developer of sizzling hot Fortnite, has made the game available for those using a mobile device powered by iOS.

There is no Fortnite Google Play Store listing because Epic Games is bypassing the world's largest app store. App research firm Sensor Tower says that from now through the end of the year, Epic's end run around the Play Store will cost Google $50 million or more in lost platform fees. The game is available on PC and Mac, home consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, and even launched on iOS earlier in March for iPhone and iPad users. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store.

Epic Games' free-to-play multiplatform game just crossed the billion-dollar threshold thanks to in-game purchases where players pay upgrades to customize their characters. This is mostly in an effort to avoid the 30% cut of revenue Google takes for every Google Play transaction.


Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways.

Even more concerning than the malware threat with just Fortnite for Android, however, is what this could mean for other app developers going forward.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a unsafe precedent for Google.

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