I can also recommend Mapy.cz as a backup solution. It’s certainly not open source, since it’s made by Czech company Seznam.cz, but it’s an alternative to Google Maps, is “free”, works better than Magic Earth imo and asks for only very few permissions.
I have a related problem, but not as severe as it continues working “as is”:
For a few days now, after starting it, “Magic Earth” shows a hint that I should update it to keep it compatible with the newer on- and offline maps. Using the app-store, there is no announcement that it can be updated, it can only be started. Am I just too stupid, coming from BlackBerry or is it lagging the current version?
Will this also be fixed with the next /e/ update?
That’s similar to me but additionally I can’t use any of the maps in areas I’ve not visited because I can’t download them. Whole app has locked up, more to the point I can’t delete it easily either.
Very disappointing that such a significant function doesn’t work. I knew e would be a compromise of functionality and I was prepared to accept that, but it’s not acceptable to buy a product which is more expensive and then have constant bugs and syncing issues.
If you’re worried about privacy then the pay off for better privacy appears to be worse reliability. In its current state sadlyI could not recommend e to a non savvy user.