In a recent article on ZDNet, it was stated that Google has finally indicated that it will support the Pointer Events API in Chrome. This decision comes after a lot of back-and-forth opinions throughout the development of the API, but it seems that Google is now happy enough that certain issues have been addressed and intends to proceed.
Based on a spec created by Microsoft, Pointer Events is a standard that is helpful when it comes to handling a variety of inputs such as mouse, keyboard, touch, voice and pen. Initially, companies like Google and Apple had an issue with the concept, as Apple in particular thought it was a bad idea to combine very different models such as mouse and touch. Google has since been a bit indecisive due to various concerns, but after a number of Web developers, framework authors and other browser vendors indicated that they wanted browsers to support the standard, and in an effort to do what’s best for its users, the company appears to be on board.
As quoted in the article on ZDNet, reps from the Chromium project said:
Last year we announced that, despite our involvement in the Pointer Events standard, we were going to focus on incremental improvements to existing APIs (like Touch Events), rather than implement Pointer Events in Chromium. Since then we've received a steady stream of feedback from web developers, framework authors, and other browser vendors indicating that they see Pointer Events as a highly valuable addition to the platform. Since we're committed to a web platform which evolves collaboratively through open discussion and data from real-world development, we need to take this feedback very seriously.