Android is known for its fragmentation, but there is another "mini-fragmentation" that happens when it comes to applications. Region lock is something not only bothering smartphones, but also game consoles as well, and it is also the case of OEM-specific apps that you can not install on the competitor's phones. At least not without room. However, the VLC case may be the first time when an app actually blacklist phones from a particular manufacturer. And that's all because Huawei can be a bit too aggressive in killing background programs.
This drastic, surprising and definitely controversial feature feels almost like a retribution from VLC developers VideoLAN. It has been flooded by reviews in Google Play store from users complaining about a broken feature. They complain about how VLC stops playing in the background, despite the settings when the screen saver or lock screen starts.
It turns out that it only happens on Huawei devices and not because of missing on VLC's part. Like some Android phones these days, Huawei implements its own battery optimization system that kills unnecessary background processes beyond its own. Other OEMs like Samsung also have such a feature but do not train favoriteism.
Frustrated by this particular VLC developers to reject Huawei phones from finding the app in the Google Play store. They are not without use, because VideoLAN also provides an APK that users can download and manually install on their devices. Of course, it does not come with the same guarantees as Google Play, depending on how much you trust.
While VideoLAN's actions may have been caused by the situation, one can not help feeling that it punishes users for Huawei's actions. Perhaps it's in nature based on how the users punished it by giving the low marks for the same Huawei behavior. Unfortunately no one wins in this type of game because both VLC and users lose while Huawei is probably unaffected.