Google will not directly state that switching to its own chip will allow it to provide updates for five years. We know this, because we asked them.
"Users will still get at least three years of OS updates, after which we're committing to ensure that Pixels will stay up-to-date and secure. The frequency and categories of updates will depend on the capabilities and needs of the hardware," a spokesperson for the company said in response.
"Tensor enables us to make the Google phones we've always envisioned: Phones that keep getting better, and that tap the most powerful Google innovations in AI and ML to provide maximum helpfulness, all in a highly personalised experience."
The counterfactual is that Google has never offered five years of updates until making this switch.
The AI power of Tensor is also allowing Google to boost its anti-phishing protection across phone calls, text messages, emails, and links to see if something looks suspicious.