I remember the old days, when each company had their own cable style.
Nokia was king, but even they had 2 different leads.
Then came along the first PDA phones, and some had.micro usb.
One thing hasn't changed tho, usb-a. That's still the same shape n size, only the innards have changed, meaning g it's capable of faster transfer speeds, and higher charging watts.
Usb-c is just a smaller version and the pins are more able to transfer all that to a smaller device.... The smartphone. (Just for fun, have you noticed it's smartphones or iphones .... Just saying hahahaha 🤪 joke)
If micro could have done the same, the bigger quicker smarter phones, needed small and all the advantages, so went with C. Depending g on construction of the cable, C's are able to be as good as A, but smaller, which is where micro-usb loses out. Yet for 60% of handset sales, micro is still the favoured cable it can do quicker smarter things, but not as well as C, which is why the 40% of the top smartphones moved.
If I remember rightly, there was a smaller connection than micro, which was the gen 1 for phones.
At least now,non 2019, there are only 3 canles, whereas around 29 years ago, there were around 8 different phone cables.