The Fortnite mobile beta is still limited to Samsung users and those that have received beta invitations. Since development on the title is a constant, it's no surprise to see a new patch rolling out today. The big news is that this patch brings with it voice chat for Android. You can also expect to find a new capture-the-flag mode called Getaway that will only be available for a limited time.

As you can see in the trailer linked above, the new High Stakes event is all about gathering llama-shaped jewels. Just like in a capture the flag mode, you will move slower when carrying these jewels, so it will take a lot of teamwork to gather more than your opponents. New rewards have also been added that will drop when you complete the challenges in this mode.

Another cool addition is the grappler gun pictured above. It will latch on to anything you shoot it at, which should be helpful for moving very quickly by pulling yourself towards the object you just shot. It contains fifteen charges.

There is also a new weekly Horde Challenge called Save the World that allows you to play with increased health and the ability to bat players away with strong knockbacks. This mode also brings with it a new Harvester Ninja named Fiona (pictured in the hero at the top of this post).

While these new modes, weapons, and characters are great additions, the biggest news relevant to us Android users is that voice chat has finally been added. No longer will players have to rely on a separate app to communicate with their team when playing on Android. Of course, VOIP support isn't the only Android specific addition, so make sure to check out the full list of changes below.

  • Added VOIP to Android.
  • Expanded device support to the Essential-PH, Motorola, HTC, Sony Xperia devices.
  • Major memory optimization on Android devices with Adreno GPUs. This addresses the performance degradation seen due to memory pressure.
  • Implemented a new Audio Mixer, which addresses issues with sound quality and consistency.
  • Items on the ground now have tooltips.
  • Custom HUD Layout Tool now has a more consistent apply/cancel flow.
  • The player healthbar and squad healthbars are now moveable in the Custom HUD Layout tool.
  • Dragging-and-dropping an item from the quickbar now drops the whole stack. To split a stack, drag-and-drop with the inventory window open.
  • Dragging-and-dropping an item from the quickbar no longer stops consumable use.
  • UI prompts now appear on vehicles for entering and switching seats.

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected some issues with screen resolution in certain locales on Android.
  • The screen will no longer timeout without user input on iOS.
  • Adjusted steering sensitivity on vehicles.
  • Players are now able to thank the bus driver.
  • Gyro controls are now usable regardless of orientation on iOS.
  • Resolved an issue with turbo-building sometimes being stuck “on” when using the quickbar to turbo-build.
  • Fixed the challenges button to use large buttons on mobile.
  • Fixed an issue where toggling between pickaxe/weapons wouldn’t properly change weapons.
  • Exhaust problems with the Street Racer Bike Gliders for mobile have been repaired. The Bikes should run clean now.
  • No longer able to interact with UI behind the challenges screen.
  • Players who are experiencing issues with abruptly going to the Home Screen when pressing jump on certain Samsung Galaxy devices can do the following to fix the issue.
    • Go to Settings > Display > Navigation > Hard Press Home Button > Turn the feature off

It's great to see Epic Games improving the Fortnite beta on Android by expanding the device list and fixing some significant bugs. Last month I went hands-on with the title, and I came away feeling very underwhelmed. Hopefully Epic can get it together to ensure that when the Android version officially launches, it will run just as well as it does on the Switch or iOS. Voice chat is, of course, a significant addition for us Android players, but new modes, weapons, and characters making their way into the game are also welcome additions that should keep fans busy until the next update.