Huawei barred from using SD memory cards in its smartphones

Huawei barred from using SD memory cards in its smartphones
Although Huawei has been given a reprieve from the initial punishment imposed by the United States, it looks like the Chinese company is close to losing its smartphone business, as more US companies announce they unwillingness to continue to work with the world's number two smartphone vendor.

The SD Association is the latest company that bars Huawei access to its technology. Apparently, the Chinese company has been removed from the trade group as SD Association must comply with orders from the US Department of Commerce, Engadget reports.

Although customers who own Huawei smartphones can continue to buy SD and microSD cards to use in their devices, future Huawei phones will no longer work with the standard. It's unclear what will happen, but Huawei has already included proprietary storage cards in some of its latest flagships, which are called Nano Memory Cards.

Probably not as important as being banned from getting Android OS updates or chipsets from Intel, Qualcomm and AMD, SD Association's move adds to the major issues that Huawei's smartphone business is going to have in the coming months.

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31 Comments

1. vgking9699

Posts: 126; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Lmao!

24. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

why lmao .. u all forgot dat huawei loong time started using their own nano card ???? wake up ppl .. huawei knows dis long time ago coming,.. they said loong time ago they have secret project making their own OS for phones World need to STOP rely on USA and STOP using USA s**t! SOFTWARE and HARDWARE

2. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Holy cow! Seems everybody is rejecting Huawei. This is terrible.

19. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

its not that everyone is rejecting huawei, its all bcuz of trump and his executive order...and probably trump is easking other countries to refuse dealing with huawei...i would love to see china and/or other asian countries stop manufacturing iphones and refuse to sell its smartphone parts to apple...imagine no new iphones for atleast a year...probably longer.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Truly astonishing as to how vulnerable every Android OEM that isn't American is to the US government. How has this never come up before? I hope the Chinese OEM's band together to create every element of a modern day smartphone/computer from the OS to the processor to the app eco system, without any American tech. It will take time, but having the US government basically control the core of everyone's mobile/computer division is a massive potential for abuse.

4. JackWolfe

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 06, 2018

So is the Chinese government control if they do the hardware and software themselves. We are put in a place where we have to choose between two evils, the Chinese and American governments.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1808; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I'm sure everyone does everything, there is nothing we civilians can do about that except maybe complain. However, with everything that is happening to Huawei, it's not just the company but the millions of people who own Huawei phones that are being affected. Not to mention we just lost a major competitor who was pushing Apple and Samsung, so in fact all of us have been effected. Removing all reliance on one countries tech might not solve all the problems, but it will sure take away the power to cripple an entire company overnight.

9. User123456789

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No Google apps, no microsoft, no Intel tech, no Qualcomm tech, no ARM that uses american tech, no glass from Corning, no ugly iphone design, no ugly iOS copycat UI 1) it is impossible for them 2) other chinese brands have nothing to do with this, and wont take huawei side . They'd rather take their clients instead

20. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

there never was any president as sick as trump...thats why.

23. oldskool50

Posts: 769; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

What? What Trunp is doing can effect any OEM whether they are a US company or not. If China decides to retaliate and prevent components being sold to Apple, or banning iPhone exports, you're gonna have the same problem. It so amazing how when an Android OEM is under any kind of fire, you all act like this cant happen to others. None of these US oems make products in the US. All of them use Asian countries. Like the above poster says, if all Asian countries band together, or even if just China does it; they could hurt all US companies. It seems the Chinese don't want to do this because they want to keep their relationships clean. TRUMP doesn't give a crap because it ain't his money being lost. Which is exactjy one of the things Clinton stated. He lost millions and even billions his dad gave him. You think he gonna care about anyone else money he didn't have to work for? This is a problem period. Not an Android OEM problem.

5. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

this is what Huawei deserves, everything it's getting now. it serves them right, the kind of terrible business practices they run.

6. kemraj

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

Have u ever even seen a Huawei device before? Have you ever even heard sm1 saying that their Huawei device is actually using their info for the Chinese benefit or anything that would lead to the Chinese benefit

12. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

Do your own research and you'll learn all this is more than just smartphones

7. User123456789

Posts: 587; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Only thing left now is Sharp to forbid them to use ugly notch.

10. tiz_meh

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

good bye Hauwei! good luck to those that said they'll buy future hauwei phone and sideload google play services ;.

28. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

And how does this prevent anyone from sideloading?

11. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 915; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Doesn't really matter. They own the new Nano ones if I remember which is used in thier new phones.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

There is also the possibility of further ban if any of the nano technology is based on SD standards.

14. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I am waiting for other technologies like UFS standard or fingerprint recognition to be banned. Huawei will left with almost nothing.

17. dvlprr

Posts: 41; Member since: May 08, 2019

Blah blah blah, "Nano SD Card" Isn't Even a Standard. You Know How Many People Are Used To SD Cards? They Probably Didn't Hear Anything About "Nano SD Card" lol. Huawei Is Done.

15. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sd association? So who's next to ban them? Power button syndicate? Maybe YMCA also have a say on this?

16. alanrock

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

removable battery association is probably next to ditch Huawei ...

18. dvlprr

Posts: 41; Member since: May 08, 2019

There's an Association For Emojis.

21. chris2k5

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Huawei CEO has a big mouth. If he kept it shut from time to time, maybe Trump would’ve went easy on him.

22. Fred3

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Nah..tRUMP likes to make an example out of people and businesses in order to appeal and please his racist fan-base.

25. Bondurant

Posts: 779; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

So even your SD cards are spied on by CIA.

26. CEDEOTB

Posts: 365; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Good! no one cares about your expensive proprietary memory cards

27. onpls

Posts: 1; Member since: May 25, 2019

SD is just another form of cassette tape or DVD. With the advent of 5G, Our devices will connect with the cloud seamlessly, and reducing the chance of losing your data.

29. path45th

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The argument that Huawei is an independent company is really laughable. Even in the west, it's hard for a tech company to be fully independent from the government. But in China which has one of the most oppressive regime on the planet and one of the top violators of human rights, nothing and nobody is independent. The thing is alowing Huawei in the fold of western 5G networks is massively risky and is basically like asking for trouble. To say that Huawei will be good is naive! They will do whatever their government asks them without any reservation. And let us not forget, Huawei and other Chinese companies have a bad reputation of stealing and hacking not to mention that most viruses originate from China so Huawei is the last thing the western countries want. To trust Huawei requires China to change which is not going to happen any time soon. The problem with this kind of technology is that it can be weaponized at any moment because it only needs a firmware to turn a device or component from benign to malevolent. Having Huawei components or devices all over the place is not anything else than China's people's army in a dormant status.

30. Budhainthemood

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Good news!

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