Apple is reversing course on a plan to stop supporting installation of Progressive Web Apps in the European Union.

The company said in an update to its developer support page that it continues to support Progressive Web Apps for the EU Home screen in iOS 17.4.

Apple points out that Progressive Web Apps for the home screen remain based on WebKit, the Safari browser engine.

This means that Progressive Web applications downloaded from third-party browsers, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, cannot use those browsers’ engines to function.

Progressive Web Apps still use the WebKit engine even if you choose a default browser that uses its own engine.

Support for third-party browsers that use their engines is part of a set of measures that Apple must implement in order to comply with the Digital Markets Act.

“Developers and users who were affected by the removal of Progressive Web Apps for the Home Screen in iOS beta in the EU can expect the existing functionality of Progressive Web Apps for the Home Screen to return with iOS 17.4 available in early March,” Apple said.

The company confirmed its plans to remove support for Progressive Web Apps for the EU home screen in February, a move that would severely limit the functionality of those apps by preventing them from sending push notifications and storing data.

The company at the time blamed the decision on the Digital Markets Act, as it had to create an entirely new integration architecture that was not practical to implement given the changes it would have to make to comply with the Digital Markets Act.

Apple claimed last month that this would only affect a small number of users, though it has now reversed the decision after receiving requests to continue supporting Progressive Web Apps for the home screen.

The company’s move to remove Progressive Web Apps support for the home screen has drawn criticism from developers and users.

The non-profit organization Open Web Advocacy began conducting a survey to determine how many developers might be affected by stopping Progressive Web applications for the home screen, and Apple’s decision was also subject to scrutiny from the European Commission.