Stepstone Technology is a technology company based out of Quentinsburgh, Freedemia. The company makes software as well as hardware, producing personal computers, tablets, laptops and phones. Stepstone specializes in having a new operating system with a user interface that works the same across all devices (with the slight exception of their phones).
|Founder||Tyler Stone, Sarah R. Stone|
|Key People||Tyler Stone,, CEO|
|Sarah R. Stone, Chairman|
Stepstone Technology was created in 1989 when Sarah and Tyler Stone, a married couple, began building computers out of their office in Mathersboro. They originally had made computer hardware and scientific calculators under the name StoneTech.
In 1993, Stepstone truly entered the main computer market with the Stepstone Arrowhead computer. The Arrowhead II running on the original Stepping Stone OS was one of Stepstone's most successful computers up until the invention of Stepstone OS in 2010.
In 2006, Stepstone Technology made their first smartphone, the Step1. The device wasn't very popular, but sold a medium amount of units as a low budget phone. Later devices between 2006 and 2010 would see slightly more success, but in general they were all inferior to the phones being made internationally by companies like Cyclo and KhaiTel. Stepstone only released 3 phones and one tablet over that four year period, and two of the phones were actually manufactured by Freedemian electronics company Magnasonic running on StepsOS Mobile. The operating system was based too closely off of the desktop version, and ran very choppily with a confusing user interface.
In 2010, Stepstone Technology created a new operating system, StepstoneOS, that revolutionized everything- Phones, tablets, and laptops all ran on the same operating system creating a seamless experience. Stepstone quickly became extremely popular and their market share grew significantly. This was also Stepstone's first major all-in endeavor into making their own touchscreen devices like phones and tablets, and they took the Freedemian market by storm. By 2012, Stepstone would have manufactured about 80% of mobile devices in Freedemia.
Stepstone has also announced plans to reenter the scientific calculator market in 2016.
While Stepstone has existed for a while operating under the operating system StepsOS (Stepping Stone Operating System), the new Stepstone OS was released in 2010 as Stepstone began to move into hardware and touchscreen devices.
In 2010, as Stepstone moved into making more of its own hardware, there was a rising demand for cohesiveness across not only personal computers across mobile devices and touchscreen devices. Due to this, they developed a new revolutionary operating system, StepstoneOS, which works across personal desktops, laptops, tablets, phablets, and even phones (though the user interface is slightly different on phones). This led to the creation of several new touchscreen devices of all types.
StepStone's main products are the StepBook, StepPhone, StepTab, StoneBook, StonePhone, StoneTab, and StepWatch lines.
(StepStone recently released the StepWatch, a large smartwatch similar in size and make as a small smartphone. Due to its large size, it actually still runs on StepstoneOS.)
StepUp Home Console
Late in 2017, Stepstone will be releasing a new game console known as the StepUp Home Console to compete with Megamer Games's GameOne SuperNova. They also plan to create a disk reader for all new StepTabs, StoneTabs, StepPhones, and StonePhones, to allow StepUp games to be played on a phone or tablet.
Other products and services
Stepstone also created several other apps and accessories to their system. They have more recently created a web browser, StepOnline, and a search engine, StepSearch, to compete with other international companies. Coming with this were new apps for maps, weather, and more. So far, the efforts have been successful. The browser is now #1 in Freedemia and climbing on the ranks of the world, and the search engine, easily accessed at www.stepsearch.fr  is currently the most popular as well.
Now in Freedemia, especially after the downfall of QuinTech and with the release of the latest update of StepstoneOS update (version 5.0), StepStone's market share has increased greatly. Especially due to how well their products work together, StepstoneOS devices ran on 80% of Freedemian phones, 73% of Freedemian tablets, and 60% of laptops and desktops in Freedemia as of August 2014. In fact, StepstoneOS ran 95% of touchscreen laptops desktops and all-in-ones in Freedemia, greatly displacing the former top dog QuinTech.
However, an increase in competition by the Ardisphere's Saehan Group and Paroy's Cyclo, as well as other Freedemian technology companies like Megamer Games and Zenergy entering the Freedemian computer market has made the market share slightly drop in late 2015. It appears Saehan Group especially is gaining in the market, making it where Stepstone has produced about 65% of mobile devices and Saehan Group has produced about 19%, and about 60% of mobile devices run StepStoneOS and 32% run either Cyclo's CycloOS or osO, Saehan Group's flagship operating system. The growing popularity of other consumer electronics companies like KhaiTel have also been complicating factors in the mobile device division. However, so far Stepstone is still in the lead with personal computers (PC's) within Freedemia.
QuinTech devices, competitor's software
Since it is free to download on any system compatible, many Freedemians have downloaded osO as a secondary operating system on Stepstone devices and as a primary operating system on old QuinTech devices. This has hurt Stepstone significantly, since they own QuinTech as well now, and had hoped to make a profit by slowly transitioning QuinTech users to Stepstone with new compatible software.
Expanding to new markets
As an interesting twist, as the Saehan Group of the Ardisphere takes away from Stepstone's domestic market share, Stepstone has recently entered the Ardispherian market. As they just entered in mid 2015, it is yet to be seen how well they can compete, although many in the Ardisphere seem to be interested in trying out the "new" interface and like how seamless computing is between devices.