Things continue to get worse for Huawei. We mentioned on Friday that Microsoft had pulled out all of Huawei's laptops from Microsoft's online store. Huawei has also seen the Trump administration ban resulting in losing access to Google's Android operating system, Intel computer chips, Qualcomm chips, and ARM designs. The prohibitions go so far as to make Huawei unable to develop their internal chips using technology covered by patents originating in the United States
Huawei has been delisted from the SD Association and no longer appears on its members list. That means Huawei can no longer officially use microSD cards or microSD slots in their devices. The ban does not affect the smartphones Huawei already has on the market, but it will affect future devices. Android devices usually have microSD card slots and it is seen by many as one of the great benefits of Android devices over iPhones.
The SD Association is nonprofit that controls the standards of SD products. It controls all formats from full size SD to microSD cards used in smartphones. Non-member companies cannot officially produce smartphones, tablets, or other devices using standards or media. It is also worth noting that Huawei had previously moved from microSD cards and tracks to something it developed internally called NanoMemory. It is unclear whether the NanoMemory tech uses patents that may be limited.
Huawei has also been "temporarily limited" from the Wi-Fi Alliance. That doesn't mean Huawei can't use Wi-Fi tech; It just means that it cannot contribute to the standards before the ban is lifted. Huawei could probably survive the loss of Windows software, but loss of access to Android is a huge blow, and loss of access to the microSD card standard adds to the block of blow Huawei is under.