Huawei's membership with SD, WiFi and Bluetooth alliances restored

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  • Thursday, 30 May 2019

Huawei smartphones are displayed at a store in Shanghai on May 27, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

Huawei has been reinstated as a member of the SD Association after it was reported that the tech company was removed from the membership list last week.

The report prompted concerns that future devices by the company may not be equipped with the microSD card feature.

In a statement to website Android Authority, a Huawei representative confirmed that the membership was not cancelled, but instead was “temporarily modified to ensure compliance with the US Department of Commerce order”.

In the same vein, Huawei’s membership with Bluetooth SIG, WiFi Alliance and Jedec has also been restored, meaning future Huawei devices could possibly have access to connectivity and hardware features developed by these companies.

Huawei is currently embroiled in a battle with the United States which put the company under the Entity List, requiring US companies to get the government’s approval before performing business dealings with the tech giant.

Support for the Chinese company has been pouring in and it can count Malaysia as an ally as prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during a speech at the Future Of Asia conference in Japan, shared that Malaysia could benefit from partnerships with Huawei.

"Huawei's research is far bigger than Malaysia's capability. We try to make use of their technology as much as possible," he said, as reported by Nikkei Asian Review.

Dr Mahathir reportedly added that he is not concerned over allegations of Huawei’s espionage activity as the nation is an “open book”.

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