VLC media player blacklists Huawei phones, prevents download of app on P8, P10, P20

This is not for all Huawei devices but for Huawei P8, P10, and P20. Honor phone are unaffected.

VLC Media player says that it is blocking some Huawei devices from downloading its Android app from the Google Play Store.

The move comes after some newer Huawei were seen directly affecting VLC’s background audio playback feature. This was happening due to Huawei’s aggressive battery management and tendency to kill background apps, which was randomly stopping the audio when playing in the background. Due to the issue, the VLC player’s application started to get various one-star reviews from users, who naturally did not realise that it was, in fact, their phone causing the issue. Even though it is possible to manually disable these battery optimisations and have the app function properly in the background, VLC claims that people often don’t know how to do that, so they blame the app instead.

Consequently, the media player has announced that it is ‘blacklisting’ Huawei devices, specifically Huawei P8, P10, and P20, from downloading its app, owing to its “ridiculous” policy. Honor devices are reportedly unaffected by this move.

Although, you can still sideload the APK from their website. You just can’t see it on the Google Play Store.

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