VLC media player may Be returning into Huawei handsets #Media_PlayerMay 15, 2019
HUAWEI HANDSET owners can once again download popular media player VLC after it was blocked by its developers last summer.
VideoLAN stopped Huawei users from downloading the app after a flurry of negative reviews.
The problems were not caused by VLC itself, but by the method Huawei handles battery management, causing VLC to be shut down at inopportune moments, which is a bit rubbish for a video player with a reputation of being able to handle anything.
It’s still blocked on older models.
The issue of Huawei’s battery management is something that we repeatedly come up against when reviewing their devices.
Whilst VLC is the only app that has gone so far as to ban Huawei users, most apps that rely on being kept alive in the background are affected, often meaning that notifications don’t work properly or video/audio streams just cut out because they’re misinterpreted as non-active.
There are ways to override it through granular toggle-switches inside Huawei’s EMUI interface settings, but they’re more than a little confusing and turn apps like VLC into a crash course in “what is Shenzhen thinking” instead of “our app just works”.
Neither VideoLAN nor Huawei has commented on the matter, so we’re not much clearer on exactly what’s changed – it just has.
Further reading VLC is a popular Android media player