A new Baidu Maps application has leaked into the wild for Chinese Windows Phone users, which is a major score for Microsoft. Baidu is essentially China’s own google, so the fact that the company has deemed Windows Phone important enough to develop a native app for means that Windows Phone is seeing the adoption rates that Microsoft hoped in the country. The Chinese market is long one that has been swallowed by Android, but recent growth of Windows Phones suggests that the operating system still has a place as a third contender among Android and iOS.
The Windows Phone version of Baidu Maps allows users to download segments offline, as well as containing points of interest for food and other places. The only feature it lacks compared to the Android version is turn-by-turn navigation, but we expect that will be added soon enough.