Although smartphone users are pretty familiar with Android’s fragmentation when it comes to different manufacturers’ applications, VLC is probably the first application to blacklist smartphones from a device manufacturer. Due to Huawei’s aggressive nature in forcing background applications to stop, VLC’s developer VideoLAN has decided to blacklist Huawei smartphones from installing the popular media player.
If you go to VLC’s Play Store listing page, you will notice a lot of user complaints which reveal that different Huawei smartphones are forcing VLC to stop despite users’ settings to continue running the media player at the background. This is largely because Huawei uses its own battery saving feature that kills all of the unnecessary background processes except the manufacturer’s own application.
As a result, VLC’s developers have decided to hide the application from Play Store from Huawei smartphone users. However, the developers provide an APK which users can download and manually install on their devices. While users will be able to install the application in their smartphones, the problem will continue unless Huawei decides to alter their settings for killing background applications.