We just updated one of our licences from 2015 to 2017 to regain the Geo-location ability (we also upgraded from 8 to 2015 two years ago for the same reason)
We don't fancy so much the forced upgrades to retain features that is implemented in a license you "own forever". As the geo-location feature is one of the main reasons we use Sketchup. We are an architect firm and firstly use Revit, but for terrain and landscape Sketchup is being used.
After doing a second upgrade in order to get back the geo-location we first notice that the sattelite data is rather poor, with clouds covering parts, and pixels being so poor you cant tell houses from terrain. (this in an area we captured just a few weeks ago in 2015 with very good results.) To make it worse, we still haven't found a location which gives us any terrain data. We only get a flat surface, and there are no terrain layer available, clicking show terrain does nothing either. (We're located in Norway, and the terrain is very important as there is lots of it).
We are not happy to having to upgrade from 2015 to 2017 only to get back the geo-location feature - and then finding the feature to now being completely useless to us.
If there is something that could at least get the terrain back, that would be very helpful - then we'd get the map image from elsewhere and replace it, though it will add hours to a production cycle which should not be necessary.
Please post if there is any response from Sketchup about this and how they plan on going forward - and if we can expect improvements to geo-location anytime soon - because the value of the program just plunged quite a bit for our use today.
(I do understand that it's Google's rights on the old geo-location feature, but unfortunately the new data is not usable for anything as it is today - at least here in Norway)