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 hardware products are the StepBook, StepPhone, StepTab, StoneBook, StonePhone, StoneTab, and StepWatch lines. The StoneBook, StonePhone, and StoneTab lines emphasize sturdy durability while the StepBook, StepPhone, and StepTab emphasize sleekness and lightness.
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. It has been arguably less successful than StepStone had hoped for, owing partially to its bulkiness, but is still doing well and has become part of StepStone's main line of products.
StepUp Home Console
In 2017, Stepstone released a new game console known as the StepUp Home Console to compete with Megamer Games's GameOne SuperNova. They also created a disk reader for all new StepTabs, StoneTabs, StepPhones, and StonePhones, to allow StepUp games to be played on a phone or tablet. It has struggled to gain a footing in the market against so many other more popular consoles. With it basically just being a home entertainment device that does largely the same things that StepStone computers already can do, there hasn't been a lot of extra interest. However, the StepUp disk reader has been somewhat of a popular option. About 5 million units have been sold of the StepUp console, and about 7 million of the StepUp disk readers.
As for productivity software, StepDesk is a productivity package that contains several major softwares such as StepWrite, StepPresent, StepMemos, and StepSheets. For a time these were sold separately, but after a rise in competition from free online competitors like GiggleDocs, StepStone made StepDesk free for all StepStone devices and reduced the price drastically on non-StepStone devices in an attempt to retain users.
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.
Other products and services
EasyInternational Dialing, or EIDial, is a app-like service or widget for smartphones that makes international calling without knowing an international telephone code easier. EIDial allows for the selection of a country for an international call without having to go through the confusion of finding a T-code or dialing an extra four numbers. Originally this service was rolled out for StepStone devices only, but has since expanded to be open source and is now available on all major smartphone platforms worldwide, as well as many minor platforms. On Stepstone devices, as well as Zenergy devices and the Megamer Games GamePhone SuperNova, EIDial is built into the calling apps and can be activated by touching a button labeled "International" on the call screen. On other devices EIDial is an installable widget.
StepDial (powered by YellowBook phone book)
Stepstone is also working on a Freedemia-exclusive widget called StepDial that would link the digital version of the YellowBook phone book to one's contacts, allowing for the searching of non-residential phone numbers and addresses of businesses. If the service is successful in Freedemia, it may expand to other limited markets like the Federal States. Like EIDial, Stepstone is initially rolling StepDial out for Stepstone devices only, but plans to make it available as a widget for all platforms by 2022.
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. Owing largely to how well their products work together, StepstoneOS powered 80% of Freedemian phones, 73% of Freedemian tablets, and 60% of laptops and desktops in Freedemia as of August 2014. In fact, in 2015 StepstoneOS ran 85% of touchscreen laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones in Freedemia, greatly displacing the former top dog QuinTech.
However, an increase in competition by Vodeo's Colour 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 Colour especially is gaining in the market, making it where Stepstone has produced about 65% of mobile devices and Colour has produced about 19%, and about 60% of mobile devices run StepStoneOS and 32% run either Cyclo's CycloOS or Colour's Colour OS. 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.