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.

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, 2018-07-26 (Update: 2018-07-26)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.