That is much clearer. This is the same three years of updates you will currently receive with Pixels, +1 more years of security updates.
– Ron Amadeo (@RonAmadeo) 16 December 2020
The first phones to take advantage of the enhancements on Project Treble are the ones that will feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 chip, which will start making its way to high-end devices early next year. Qualcomm later clarification they are intended to support the lower slits in the same way.
Of course, this won’t do you any good if you have a phone without a Snapdragon processor. While Qualcomm is the most prominent chip maker in the Android space, it’s not the only one. Many entry-level and mid-range phones run MediaTek processors. It’s also important to note that this is not a policy that Google has to adhere to with companies like Samsung and OnePlus. The research giant is just working with Qualcomm to make it easier for manufacturers to support their devices for longer.
However, in a world where most Android phones don’t get more than three years of OS updates, and some less expensive devices get as little as two years of support, this is a step in the right direction.