The loss of microSD card functionality is the latest casualty in the US trade war/Huawei saga. This comes after the trade group that agrees upon standardised specifications for SD and microSD cards barred the Chinese mobile manufacturer.
The SD Association’s decision to exclude Huawei in effect bans the company from putting official SD or microSD card support in future models of smartphones or laptops, and follows an earlier similar announcement from Google, which bans the company from using the Google operating system in its smartphones.
The SD Association now joins a number of other companies who have cut ties with Huawei in order to comply with trade regulations affecting China, set forth by the US government. This list includes Google, chip manufacturer ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and the US Wi-Fi Alliance.
Since the announcements affecting Huawei were made, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has told Bloomberg that he does not expect or hope for retaliation from the Chinese government in response to the Trump administration’s ban, adding, “That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest.”
Huawei has mentioned the option of utilising its own operating system in future smartphone models, whilst Huawei’s own proprietary Nano Memory Cards have already started replacing the universal standard in newer devices.
Locally, Vodacom has told MyBroadband that it was monitoring the situation to determine how it would be affected by the Google OS ban on Huawei devices, saying, “We are currently reviewing the situation and assessing the possible implications for Vodacom.”