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Gameloft porting more titles to Android as Market hits 100k apps

by Kristen Nicole

Android games get another boost this week, with Gameloft announcing its plans to port more iPhone titles to the Android-powered Samsung (005930.KS) Galaxy Tab. Gameloft brought a handful of popular games, like Assassin’s Creed, to Android smartphones earlier this year, being among the first major game developers to offer titles through direct downloads for consumers.

The inclusion on Samsung’s upcoming tablet sets the device’s expectations around gaming and entertainment. It also validates both Android’s and Samsung’s efforts towards creating a potential iPad competitor, which is set to be sold in Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) stores.

While Gameloft circumvented the Android Market all together, there are at least 100,000 other apps that have found a home there. The milestone was casually tweeted by a Google (GOOG) employee yesterday, lending promise to the future of this digital storefront.

With Adobe AIR rolling out continued support for Android devices -- Adobe (ADBE) announced AIR 2.5 just yesterday -- there’s a swell of Android apps that run on AIR.  Some of the newer apps include Queue Manager, a searchable tool for your Netflix account, and Skatedroid AIR, a 2D video game of landing jumps and riding rails.