VLC blacklists recent Huawei smartphones

On the list: The Huawei P10.

VLC has taken the drastic measure of blacklisting recent Huawei smartphones, specifically the Huawei P8, P10, and P20, from installing its media player app. The move is in response to negative customer reviews for VLC as a result of Huawei blocking the installation of the media player.

According to the Verge, the negative reviews are a result of Huawei’s aggressive battery management and tendency to kill background apps, which directly affects VLC’s background audio playback feature.

While it’s possible to manually disable these battery optimisations and have the app run in the background, VLC claims that people are blaming the app because they often don’t know how to do that.