Huawei phones can no longer install VLC player from Google Play store

Ro, 26 July 2018

The Android OS is so diverse and stretches to so many devices manufactured by different OEMs that at some point, it becomes almost impossible for developers to keep track of all the bugs that may occur when installed on different handsets.

The latest drastic and somehow controversial decision from VideoLAN's developers' team lead to blacklisting Huawei phones and not allowing them to find the app on Google Play. This is due to a growing number of Huawei users complaining about specific features not working on their devices and giving the app low ratings. More specifically, background playback is restricted when the screen is turned off.

But before you get mad at VLC, it turns out that Huawei's battery software optimization is the culprit. In a Twitter post, VideoLAN explains that the Chinese vendor is too aggressive with its background apps policy - the phone kills off almost any app running in the background unless it's one of its own pre-installed applications. In turn, VideoLAN developers can't do anything about it, so they've decided to just blacklist Huawei phones to protect the rating of their app from plummeting over something they have no control over.

UPDATE: Huawei has issued an official statement regarding the issue and is now working with the app's developers to solve it. For now, the company suggests that you use a workaround and go to:

Settings > Battery > APP Launch, find the application and tunr off "Auto Management" > open "Manage Manually" and allow "Auto-launch", "Secondary launch" and "Run in background".



Reader comments

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