Depending on your threat model, it may be worth it to just use Bing Maps or Apple Maps. At least your searches and travels aren’t being tied to your Google account if you use that. Of course you also have to be aware of whether you have accounts related to those other offerings.
There is also MapQuest, but I don’t think it’s trying to be privacy respecting. Here’s an alternative. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t think there’s any better Aurora Store alternatives but there are these map apps, the first one is on f-droid.
Organic Maps is really good and uses OpenStreetMaps Fdroid link to organic maps
And there’s Magic Earth which I haven’t used but heard it’s pretty good. (Only on aurora store) Magic earth Google play link
Ive been 100% happy with “HERE WeGo”. Its literally a perfect replacement. You can even download the maps and use it offline. Just make sure to disable telemetry stuff when prompted at the first time opening the app
I have yet to find a FOSS maps app that works the way I expect it to. All I want is to type an address and get directions on how to get there. For some reason each app I use does not have a clear way to input an address, and then if I can input an address the app can’t find the address.
For now, I just use Google Maps. If you turn off different settings on your Google account like not tracking your location history and not letting the data be used to show you ads, as well as only letting Maps use location services when in use, then I think you’re most of the way there. My goal is to make the Maps app as much like a dumb GPS as possible.
I can recommend Organic Maps as an alternative for Google Maps for both iOS and Android.
There is also no really faster version of Aurora Store, but you are able to login with an own Google account instead of a public one, so you can skip the sometimes pretty long waiting when starting Aurora Store and maybe also have a better experience in general with Aurora Store because the public accounts are sometimes pretty weird and buggy.
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