Approximately, for the past 3 years or so, if you notice, almost all phones, tablets and phablets have a set standard of ports coming with it. A microUSB 2.0 port that also serves the purposes of charging, connection to USB devices (like computers), and for use with USB OTG (On-the-Go) cables. Also, for earphones, we now have a standard 3.5mm audio jack.
I don’t know if they came to a pact to agree to this, but on a serious note, this has been convenience at its peak. You can easily get replacement chargers and earphones and use them. Going back to what we used to have before, Kai!! it was hell those days. Nokia had 2 different chargers, One we call big pin and the other, small pin. (See image below)
There was this big wide port they used for both earphones and USB ports on the Nokia N70 and its siblings. Those days the USB cable in particular was big, ugly, expensive and scarce. Other phone brands then like Samsung, Motorola, Sendo, Sagem etc. also came with their own proprietary chargers and earphones with different ports too.
This was really annoying then, imagine being far from home without your charger and you happen to find a place to charge, the extra stress of finding someone with your brand of phone and your same kind of charger is almost always mission impossible. Today, you can secretly unplug your neighbors Blackberry and plug in your Samsung. (Pray make dem no catch u hehehe )
I recently came across news that they’re trying to change one of these standard ports we already have .
Please, I plead with the relevant authorities to desist from making such changes. In the name of the god of mobile, I banish such thoughts from their heads!!. Somebody say Amen to that!! 😆