Source: Gartner, Inc. (2012 and 2013 are extrapolations)

In 2014, according to this much discussed report issued Friday by Gartner, Inc., Nokia’s NOK Symbian will still be the world’s No. 1 smartphone operating system with Google’s GOOG Android nipping at its heels. In the pack, several lengths back, will be Apple AAPL , Research in Motion RIMM and Other. Microsoft MSFT brings up the rear.

What do you say we file this one away and mark our calendars for Sept. 2014? If we can remember four years from now to compare Gartner’s chart with how things actually turned out, it might tell us a lot about the value of predictions like this.

Below: Gartner’s spreadsheet.

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