The sleeping dragon, China, has awakened for a fair number of years now, and it has certainly seen a meteoric rise to the top of the charts in terms of financial might, international influence as well as sporting superiority. I would so much so say that China is an essential market to break into if you want to truly go international, and we are pleased to announce that Baidu Maps is now available in China on the Windows Phone platform. It must be said that Windows Phone itself can be considered to be a success in China, according to whom you listen to.
Word on the street has it that the installer (XAP) for a Windows Phone Baidu Maps app has already leaked to the Internet, where this app right now sees action in China on the following mobile platforms – Android, iPhone, and Symbian, so Windows Phone would be the next natural and logical choice. Most of the required features to make Baidu Maps a decent navigation app possible are there, including place listings, public transit locations, turn-by-turn directions, and offline maps for those moments when you do not need a data connection. Will it be a big hit in China?