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Why do some of my apps show “Update” and some show “Update (manual)”?

I have been using Android for a long time now, updating the apps regularly (but not in the "Allow Automatic Update" mode).

Today, for the first time, I came across this:

Option of Manual updates in Google Play Store

So, my question is as to what exactly are these "Manual Updates" and how do they differ from just "Updates"?

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marked as duplicate by eldarerathis Jan 4 '13 at 21:58

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It seams that Apps with updates are shown under "Manual Updates" when the update requires more permission that it's previous versions.

This app's permission has changed to allow access to the following

A speculative answer to the difference between "Manual Updates" and just "Updates" would be that "Allow Automatic download of updates" does not applies to "Manual Updates".

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