Just found this all out, after upgrading my 2015 licenses to maintenance for my 6 licenses...so $2400 to stumble upon this as I was doing a quick site plan for a client. I hadn't been working on any preliminary site plans for the past few months and was unaware of the change or wasn't aware how much it would impact my product to the client until I actually worked with it and found that not only "add location" gives you lower unworkable resolution...but also found that when I was going to map some imagery to contextual content - when I started extruding buildings and wanted to "Add Photo Texture..." that was where I was informed of the 5 year contract with Google that had expired and after I made do with just faceless blocks I came here to see what the F was up!
I've read about 75% of this thread...so I have seen the back and forth. As long as the SketchUp team is actively looking for a solution that will bring us a better solution and that this will get better, then I am okay to flounder for a little while - while they figure this out. If it persists...then I will become disgruntled.
The timing just happened to be horrible for us - spent $2400 the week prior to finding out and then having to use the feature when I didn't have time to research alternatives.
I am looking for a viable alternative for both features I have lost and will be following this and any other thread that pops up on the subject. I am looking at a few links from this thread to tide me over until it gets "fixed"...so I thank those for offering work around and suggestions for the time being.
SketchUp Team - thanks for interacting with us and hope you guys can provide a solution that approaches or exceeds what we are used to having all these years.