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Huawei phones can no longer download VLC from the Google Play Store

Huawei users can no longer download VLC from the Play Store. (Source: Google Play)
Huawei users can no longer download VLC from the Play Store. (Source: Google Play)
The VideoLAN team has blocked Google Play Store access for the widely popular VLC app for newer Huawei phones alleging poor background task management. The aggressive power management in EMUI seems to abruptly stop background playback in Huawei phones resulting in users leaving 'unfair' reviews.
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If you're rocking one of the newer Huawei phones such as the P20 Pro or the P10, chances are you won't be able to download the VLC Media Player from the Google Play Store. The VideoLAN team (the guys behind VLC) have taken to Twitter to convey that some Huawei phones have been blacklisted and cannot get the app from the Play Store citing Huawei's aggressive power management policies that kills all background apps. This breaks background audio playback in VLC resulting in users venting out their ire at VideoLAN when, in fact, Huawei is the one to be blamed.

There have been reports by other developers as well who claim that EMUI kills background apps when the phone is locked. Although it is still possible to manually override EMUI's behavior, VideoLAN says that most users are not aware of this and Huawei is being selective as to what apps should be run in the background instead of letting the OS manage them. This is resulting in users leaving 'unfair' negative reviews on the Play Store.

VideoLAN says that only select Huawei phones are blacklisted. Those using devices such as the Mate 10 do not seem to be affected at this stage. However, no matter the device, users can still sideload the VLC apk if they wish to continue using the player. Both VLC and Huawei might have enough reasons to back their actions but it is the end users who'll be feeling the pinch. Hopefully, Huawei relaxes its background app policies to enable background tasks while still ensuring effective power management.

(Source: VideoLAN on Twitter)
(Source: VideoLAN on Twitter)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-26 (Update: 2018-07-26)