There's another major setback for Huawei smartphones

Daniel Fowler
May 26, 2019

With the removal from SD Association, the company might make the NM card as a standard feature across all its smartphones.

The damage starts at the Wi-Fi Alliance, which sets standards for the wireless technology. That means that Huawei can no longer officially use microSD cards or microSD slot in its devices.

Android Authority found out from SD Association that the decision to drop Huawei was made to comply with the United States government blacklist - the executive order made by the Trump administration that has seen the likes of Google, Intel and more cutting all ties with the Chinese company. If the company is forced to shut its operation in the USA, there's a possibility that Google will cut ties with the firm which also means no Android for Huawei smartphones.

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The SD Association is based in California, so its removing of Huawei from its list of member companies is not all that surprising. The ban on Huawei will affect thousands of users worldwide especially in Europe and in Asia. Huawei has already planned its move away from the format in favor of its in-house "Nano Memory Cards". Qualcomm and others have already stopped supplying chips to Huawei following the US Government ban, so that's not a surprise either. The Wi-Fi Alliance has "temporarily restricted" Huawei from its list of supported companies as a result of Trump's orders.

Huawei is also suspended from JEDEC which looks after the RAM and flash storage standards. Huawei could likely survive the loss of Windows software, but the loss of access to Android is a major blow, and losing access to the microSD card standard adds to the barrage of blows Huawei is under.

Such a designation makes Huawei and its affiliated companies ineligible to receive material or funding-like private investments-without prior U.S. government approval.

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