A few days ago, Huawei has delisted from both SD association and WiFi Alliance websites in a move to comply with the US ban. Surprisingly, if you check today, the Chinese smartphone maker is now back on both websites.
As reported earlier, the association that is responsible to set memory card standards and promoting SD memory card technologies had unceremoniously removed Huawei from their list of member companies. With the exclusion, this would impact future entry to mid-range Huawei and Honor devices as you’ll need to be a member of the SDA in order to sell SD card compatible devices.
It appears that Huawei had seen this coming since the smartphone maker had introduced their own NM card not too long ago. Even their latest flagships like the Honor 20 and P30 series no longer offer microSD card expansion. The microSD card option is currently limited to its budget smartphone range that usually costs less than RM1,000.
Apart from that, Huawei was also recently removed in the membership listing by WiFi Alliance. It was confirmed that the Chinese brand was removed to comply with the US government order but “without revoking Huawei Technologies membership”. At the time of writing, Huawei is now back on the membership list.
It isn’t clear why both associations have made a U-turn and it could be due to the 90-day delay. Since it’s back on the list, it looks like Huawei can breathe a sigh of relief for now. At the time of writing, Huawei devices are still missing on Android.com despite the assurance that Google will continue to provide security and software updates.