Huawei could be allowed to continue releasing phones with standard microSD card support
Huawei has a long way to go before reassuring its customers and potential buyers of existing and future devices that everything will work out for the embattled Chinese tech giant, but the latest change operated to the official website of the SD Association suggests there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel for the world's second-largest smartphone vendor.
removing the company from an extensive list of around 1,000 members, the non-profit SD Card Association appears to have reversed its decision. As noticed by an eagle-eyed Redditor, Huawei's name is back on the aforementioned list, which probably means its smartphones and tablets will continue to support standards-compliant memory cards.Mere days after contributing to Huawei's uncertain status in the global mobile industry by
Of course, Huawei's seemingly reinstated SD Association membership could be revoked again at any point in the near or distant future, and something tells us that's exactly what's going to happen if no trade deal is reached between the US and China by the time Trump's reprieve is set to expire. In other words, this might not mean much as far as unreleased Huawei products are concerned.
On the bright side, as highlighted by a senior company executive just yesterday, "you don't need to be part of an alliance" to use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or storage expansion technologies. The SD Association is merely responsible with setting memory card standards aimed at simplifying the use and optimizing the performance of today's consumer electronics.
A company like Huawei can choose (or be essentially forced) to develop its own non-standards-compliant technology. In fact, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro came with support for proprietary Nano Memory Cards, which could extend to all of the brand's phones before long.
That wouldn't be great news from a market fragmentation (or pricing) standpoint, but perhaps there's still hope Huawei will continue to be allowed to use standard microSD cards in its future phones, be them Android or Ark OS-powered.