A Sony Ericsson representative recently announced that its Xperia series of Android handsets may get software updates to upgrade the phones from their current Android versions to the latest Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) when the latter is released.

The company representative told mobile tech site SoMobile that Sony Ericsson Xperia handsets released in 2011 all have built-in support for ICS.

However, the Sony Ericsson representative’s pronouncement is no guarantee or assurance that the Xperia line will, in fact, receive ICS upgrades. Sony Ericsson has not made any official decision on pushing out ICS to currently existing Xperia handsets.

“When it comes to future platforms of the Android OS, we will make them available to consumers in a timely manner, as long as they improve the user experience and are viable from a hardware point of view,“ said the official statement from Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson, however, did officially announce late last month that “selected markets” will get the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread updates in phases starting next month. The updates will apply to all 2011-released Xperia handsets, including the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

The upcoming Gingerbread update will enable Xperia users to enjoy improvements to the “Facebook inside Xperia” functionality and 3D camera functionality from Sony, in addition to Google Talk and Video Chat.

Other goodies expected to come with the Gingerbread update include advanced USB support for peripherals, swipe text input, and screen capture functionality.

Google’s Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the “most ambitious [Android version] yet,” will reportedly be released either this October or November.

Ice Cream Sandwich is the upcoming version of Android expected to bring together all the best features of the smartphone-centric Gingerbread and the tablet-centric Honeycomb and is hoped to resolve the platform fragmentation issue that Android has frequently been criticized for.

ICS will also bring new awesome features to Android devices, such as peer-to-peer Near Field Communication (NFC) ability, USB hosting, face detection feature called “Virtual Camera Operator,” and many others.

What do you think of an ICS-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone?