This is likely to only affect a small subset of the Chrome OS community, but for the Chromebox and Chromebase crowd especially, this comes as a welcome fix for future devices.
Here is/was the problem. New devices, until today, were not receiving the patches necessary to keep things working as expected on the Logitech T650 Touchpad. This all-glass device is a Windows 8 era trackpad (much like Apple’s Magic Trackpad) that, up until the HP Chromebook 13 G1, worked so flawlessly that you’d think it was made for Chrome OS. Every gesture and click worked just like a native trackpad, yet felt better than almost every one of them. Its large, etched glass surface made for a most pleasant experience while the click mechanism performed and felt wonderful. As one of the few wireless trackpads you can still find, the lack of future support was very troubling. (Seriously, though, between Windows and Chrome OS, why aren’t there a few recent options for wireless trackpads???)
On the HP Chromebook 13 G1, however, we noticed that nothing except the tracking and single click function worked. Which is to say, the device didn’t work at all. No two-finger right click, no gestures (2 or 3 finger), no tapping. Nothing worked.
So, I quickly put in a bug report at the Chromium Bug Tracker (see it here if you are interested) and the thread took off pretty quickly. After 24 posts, today we saw that the patch is working and will be merged into future updates in a more seamless way. Hopefully, for the forseeable future, we’ll be able to continue to use this wonderful device on upcoming Chromebooks, Chromebases and Chromeboxes without issue!
Much love goes out to the Chromium team!