What exactly does this mean? Profits? Samsung beat Apple in *one quarter* (barely) when the S4 just came out and the iPhone 5 was more than 6 months old. In any 4 quarters, Apple still beats Samsung in smartphone profits and the gap will likely widen this quarter.
And keep in mind that Samsung has churned out dozens of phone models (including cheap models that help them shore up profits by sheer volume) and released them in many more markets than Apple. It's like bragging that you beat Usain Bolt in a 100 meter dash while he had two broken ankles. Does that really prove how fast you run? It certainly doesn't mean you're slow, but are you really faster than Usain Bolt?
Hyundai and Kia make more cars than BMW. They're also "catching up" in profits: . And yet, how many people draw comparisons between the two companies saying that Hyundai is "doing better" than BMW? By making the comparison, you are implying that the success of one company is going to hurt the success of the other.