Citing manufacturers and suppliers, the WSJ is reporting that a Google smartwatch may not be too far at all – in fact, it could possibly enter mass-production before the year's out. Based in Taiwan, most of these manufacturers are actually partnering with a number of the world's foremost technology companies, and apparently those have been in talks about smartwatches for years. According to the report, the reason these tech giants have been holding back until now has had to with the lack of technology that would allow them to create an enticing experience.
Speaking of your phone, and this probably still goes into the usefulness category, the current assumption is that Google's watch will also pair up via Bluetooth with an Android device, though none of this is obviously set in stone. According to the report, a stand-alone smartwatch would be too costly, not to mention bulky, which isn't really an option, seeing as you'll be wearing it on your wrist.