With Windows Phone 7 heading off to a strong but slow start, we have been focusing mainly on analytic data for both US and Europe. What we've failed to notice is the dominance Nokia has on the phone market in China, which was reported at 40% Q1 this year, according to Chinese search engine Baidu in a report covering Chinese search habits.

China is massive. We're all aware of the over-population in the country and how their technology is advancing at an equal rate to their economy. With Nokia already owning a huge chunk of the market, pushing WP7 Mango driven smartphones seems like a good marketing strategy to build up a name in the eastern market. We've previously covered the Microsoft plans for China domination in the second half of 2011.

As can be seen in the chart above, 'other' trails Nokia in second place at 15% with Samsung on a minute 9%. Serge Francois, author of the article on Derangedshaman, notes that Microsoft should be wary of Android. While Google doesn't hold the cards on this monopoly table, the OS is steadily growing in market share. Although how could the Chinese possibly resist the tiles?

Source: Baidu (Google Translate), via: Derangedshaman