This week has been a tough one for Huawei. The Trump administration banned the company from working with US suppliers, which means that Huawei's relationship with Google will effectively end after August 19. We also saw that Huawei lost its relationship with ARM, the company that helped build Huawei's internal Kirin processors.
Now, it has been confirmed that Huawei has been removed as a member of the SD Association.
The SD Association is the nonprofit organization responsible for monitoring SD card standards, including microSD cards used in smartphones. While current Huawei phones with microSD card slots will continue to work perfectly well, this probably means that future devices from the company will not have this functionality.
MicroSD cards in today's Huawei phones will continue to operate normally.
While It's certainly not good news, it's not the worst battle Huawei received during this mess. In October, Huawei revealed its own proprietary expandable storage system using its NM cards. While it's not as practical as being able to go out and buy a microSD card to add more storage space, Huawei has at least a backup system to take this loss into account.
Similarly, the Wi-Fi Alliance also "temporarily limited" Huawei from its group. Like the SD Association, the Wi-Fi Alliance is responsible for creating / managing Wi-Fi standards for various technologies. Furthermore, Huawei removed from the JEDEC semiconductor organization.
Commented on this news, Huawei told Nikkei:
Huawei appreciates their relationships with all partners and associations around the world and understands the difficult situation they are in. We are hopeful This situation will be resolved and working to find it best solution.
Only when it does not look, things can get worse for Huawei, stories like this come up and make the whole situation look even uglier than before. It is difficult to see a future where Huawei bounces back from everything that is happening right now, but I guess we just have to wait and see how all this plays out in the coming weeks and months.
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