Chinese phone maker Huawei has been de-listed from the SD Association as the US ban bites harder. The implication of this is that new products from Huawei will no longer be able to use microSD cards as it would no longer be able to produce products for these standards. SD Association, a non-profit organization sets the rules when it comes to SD products, port designs that read cards, standard full-size SD cards and even to the MicroSD card.
Android Authority reports that the ban also means that Huawei will no longer appear on the list of members. The SD Association in a statement per Android Authority said it took the step in order to comply with the US Department of Commerce that placed Huawei on the Entity List.
Huawei, however, has allayed the fears of its customers. The company in a short statement per Android Authority said: “The use of SD cards on Huawei smartphone won’t be affected. Consumers can continue purchasing and using these products.”
Obviously not the best of times for Huawei, the world’s second biggest phone manufacturer. Should the ban by the US remain in place, things are bound to get even worse for the Chinese company as more organizations may follow in line with Google, and SD Association.
As a matter of fact, NIKKEI reports that the Wi-Fi Alliance, an organization responsible for setting the standards for wireless technology, has temporarily restricted Huawei from participating in its activities.
In compliance with the US ban, Huawei’s major suppliers based in the US such as Micron, Qorvo and Lumentum have all suspended supplies to the company. The list of companies complying with the order is expected to increase even beyond the US, which could have serious damaging effect on the company’s businesses globally.
While the possibility of the Chinese company developing its own standard cannot be ruled out, the fact remains that this would only work within China because going overseas would mean accepting the standard of others.
“Huawei values its relationships with all partners and associations around the world and understands the difficult situation they are in,” a company spokesperson said in a statement per Nikkei. “We are hopeful this situation will be resolved and are working to find the best solution.”
On the international scene, Huawei’s ordeal could affect the fragile economic relations between the US and China. The Trump administration has never been in good terms with Beijing, and has championed policies that seems hostile to the Asian country.
The effect of a China retaliation could also be devastating especially for Apple and other major tech companies doing business within the Asian country. Another possibility, which may not bode well for the US could be China developing its own standards, which could be more attractive to tech companies within the country.
Events are unfolding at a very fast pace, and Huawei customers all over the world are anxiously hoping that things are resolved in the earliest possible time.