After a Brief Period, Huawei Has Silently Found Its Way Back to the SD Association, and Other Standards
Although Huawei’s troubles are far from over, there is finally some good news for the company, albeit a small change but it is sufficient to give the technology giant a sigh of relief. After having its membership of various standards bodies removed, the company has silently found its way back again. The SD Association, along with two more standards, have all now welcomed back the Chinese giant, but the fight is far from over. Huawei’s biggest concern will be if it will be able to resume its partnership with Google, or continue to work on its custom operating system, with some reports called it HongMeng OS, while a different trademark referring it to as ARK OS.
What’s a little peculiar here is the silence, as most of these bodies neither gave any reason for ousting Huawei and nor have they explained why the membership has been restored. Of course, it’s not hard to guess why these organizations cut their ties with Huawei. For the uninitiated, Huawei has kind of been blacklisted by the U.S., and to comply with the government’s orders, various American, as well as non-American companies which use U.S. origin technologies, have suspended business relations with Huawei.
At the heart of the conflict, is the U.S. government’s suspicion of Huawei, as it believes that the company’s gear contains backdoors to spy on other countries and their sensitive activities. Huawei, on the other hand, insists that the claims are unfounded and there is no proof the company has engaged in any malicious activities. Therefore, it’s hard to state what made the three standards organizations go back on their decision. In any case, this is excellent news for Huawei.
Any company that’s not a part of the SD Association, Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG cannot legally use important features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and memory cards, and without these, Huawei’s products would have been toast. While the company does have a memory card alternative ready in the form of its proprietary Nano-Memory cards, they aren’t widely available.
Huawei has filed a motion in the Texas federal court to overturn the law which restricts its business in the U.S. Meanwhile, some reports allege that the Trump administration might have banned Huawei on grounds of espionage as it wanted to use the company as a bargaining chip during trade talks with China. Whatever the truth behind the curtain might be, we’ll have to see if China or U.S. have reached an agreement in the coming weeks.
Source: Android Authority