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This has not changed.

I informed Valentine the V1G2 has slightly weaker signal. The only was for signal to get in / out is around the ear phone jack. Dongle was all plastic.

But the V1G2 for many installs will be line of sight and closer to the phone.

V1Driver is very verbal about reconnects. Valentine’s app never tells you.
I bought V1 Driver last week as a companion to complement the V1 Gen2, but it's become somewhat of a travesty. First off, the developer doesn't reply to the emails generated via his link on the Apple Store, so he doesn't take his customer concerns and issues seriously. I shouldn't have to troubleshoot this $10 app myself, register and post in a forum hoping I'll get some reply. Bottom line: V1 Driver, in its current iteration isn't reliable, and it's nowhere near polished enough to be charging $10 in any app store.

Let me point to the most obvious flaws. First, this app renders dark mode inoperable, and it doesn't offer a dark mode toggle to offset what it breaks in the native "V1 Connection" app (where you touch the light bulb at the right corner to apply dark mode). As soon you the dark mode is activated using V1 Connection it's rendered useless upon launching V1 Driver, which then reanimates the display rendering your settings and any concealed display useless.

Oh, and did I mention the incessant Bluetooth connectivity issues with V1 Driver. It cannot maintain a steady or reliable connection to the V1 Gen2 for more than a minute or two, and it often loses its connection several times in a few minutes. Often it will totally crash the Bluetooth module on the V1 causing the Bluetooth symbol to momentarily disappear. And instead of addressing the shortcomings of his code, the developer would prefer to blame Mike Valentine and a lower energy Bluetooth in the Gen2 despite the fact that I've never once had V1 Connect or JBV1 drop the connection. You shouldn't have to mount your phone on top of Gen2 or have it out on the console or mounted on the windshield to achieve a stable connection. And even that doesn't work. I had the iPhone 12 not more than 2 feet from the V1 on the console and still was plagued with connection issues. Basically you have an app that's so unreliable you have no idea when or if it's working. And should one really have to babysit an app so much that attention is diverted from driving?

Somewhere in these posts, the developer acknowledges that his app could use more work under the hood but instead of doing the work, he's seemingly waiting for another update from Valentine and ignoring the issues his customers are having. $10 won't break anyone's bank. But a developer should have some modicum of integrity when putting a product out. It should achieve what it purports and, if not, every effort should be made to ensure that it does.
 

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I can't say I've never had issues with V1Driver.. Actually worked smoothly. I didn't have any BT issues on a 12 Pro Max. I would argue that the app is good, but not as good as JBV, and that isn't to blame the developers.

There are plenty of tutorials on how to setup V1Driver, if you are not understanding.. Videos such as:

To this part 'often it will totally crash the Bluetooth module on the V1 causing the Bluetooth symbol to momentarily disappear. ' I've had my BT symbol disappear but that was because I was messing around with JBV and V1D the same time (I don't recommend that lol) I haven't heard about any iPhone 12 issues with BT, so possibly resetting "network settings" may do the trick.

These comments are more like a rant, and if you aren't happy with the application then by all means don't use it. Instead of ranting on this forum could assist you in troubleshooting. And based upon your first post, you stated you were happy to find us...
 

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Bottom line: V1 Driver, in its current iteration isn't reliable, and it's nowhere near polished enough to be charging $10 in any app store.
For reference, I’ve been using it for years across several iPhones without issue. It predates JBV1 and remains easily the best V1 controller app for iOS.

Let me point to the most obvious flaws. First, this app renders dark mode inoperable, and it doesn't offer a dark mode toggle to offset what it breaks in the native "V1 Connection" app (where you touch the light bulb at the right corner to apply dark mode). As soon you the dark mode is activated using V1 Connection it's rendered useless upon launching V1 Driver, which then reanimates the display rendering your settings and any concealed display useless.
Perhaps you weren’t aware that such a function isn’t a “setting” but a temporary state of being controlled by the app. When the app is V1Driver, it offers you the ability to configure it according to more flexible preferences. In V1Driver go to the Hardware Settings and review the V1 Display Mode options. From the documentation when tapping the little circled i for information:

V1 Display Mode

Having this set to
On: tells V1Driver to do nothing with the V1
Display Exclusive: tells V1Driver to switch the Valentine One Display to Dark if V1Driver is in foreground
Off: tells V1Driver to set the V1 Dark at all times
Auto: tells V1Driver to set the V1 Dark when V1 is muted by GPS or Savvy

So if you want your V1 to be dark at all times, have V1Driver’s V1 Display Mode set to Off.


Oh, and did I mention the incessant Bluetooth connectivity issues with V1 Driver. It cannot maintain a steady or reliable connection to the V1 Gen2 for more than a minute or two, and it often loses its connection several times in a few minutes.
Unfortunately, no app developer can improve your WiFi reception or Bluetooth range. You can tweak the weak signal threshold in V1Driver’s Bluetooth Settings if that helps.

Often it will totally crash the Bluetooth module on the V1 causing the Bluetooth symbol to momentarily disappear.
That’s not what that means, nor is V1Driver misbehaving in a way that crashing the V1 Bluetooth internally is what is (or even could be) happening.

I've never once had V1 Connect or JBV1 drop the connection.
They may or may not warn you about connection problems, but JBV1 isn’t available for iOS, which means if you’ve used it before it wasn’t on the same hardware, which can affect the results as well. If you still have that Android device, you can grab V1Driver beta from the Play Store and see if you still see the same behaviors, though to be honest I don’t know how useful that is since I have no clue how much relevant code is even shared between platforms. In my experience running the V1Driver beta on a Nexus 5X dedicated device as well as on my iPhone 12 Pro, it’s been rock solid.

I understand that you’re frustrated, but I think it’s being made worse by some incorrect assumptions on your part.
 
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I bought V1 Driver last week as a companion to complement the V1 Gen2, but it's become somewhat of a travesty. First off, the developer doesn't reply to the emails generated via his link on the Apple Store, so he doesn't take his customer concerns and issues seriously. I shouldn't have to troubleshoot this $10 app myself, register and post in a forum hoping I'll get some reply. Bottom line: V1 Driver, in its current iteration isn't reliable, and it's nowhere near polished enough to be charging $10 in any app store.

Let me point to the most obvious flaws. First, this app renders dark mode inoperable, and it doesn't offer a dark mode toggle to offset what it breaks in the native "V1 Connection" app (where you touch the light bulb at the right corner to apply dark mode). As soon you the dark mode is activated using V1 Connection it's rendered useless upon launching V1 Driver, which then reanimates the display rendering your settings and any concealed display useless.

Oh, and did I mention the incessant Bluetooth connectivity issues with V1 Driver. It cannot maintain a steady or reliable connection to the V1 Gen2 for more than a minute or two, and it often loses its connection several times in a few minutes. Often it will totally crash the Bluetooth module on the V1 causing the Bluetooth symbol to momentarily disappear. And instead of addressing the shortcomings of his code, the developer would prefer to blame Mike Valentine and a lower energy Bluetooth in the Gen2 despite the fact that I've never once had V1 Connect or JBV1 drop the connection. You shouldn't have to mount your phone on top of Gen2 or have it out on the console or mounted on the windshield to achieve a stable connection. And even that doesn't work. I had the iPhone 12 not more than 2 feet from the V1 on the console and still was plagued with connection issues. Basically you have an app that's so unreliable you have no idea when or if it's working. And should one really have to babysit an app so much that attention is diverted from driving?

Somewhere in these posts, the developer acknowledges that his app could use more work under the hood but instead of doing the work, he's seemingly waiting for another update from Valentine and ignoring the issues his customers are having. $10 won't break anyone's bank. But a developer should have some modicum of integrity when putting a product out. It should achieve what it purports and, if not, every effort should be made to ensure that it does.

Just submit for refund.

I'll make it easy for you, here are the instructions https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204084

@Deacon thanks for all your work

I rebuilt https://v1driver.com and the "Support" URL was broken on the Apple App Store listing. I just submitted an updated app to fix it. I'd like to know what email link you are referring to. I always reply to support emails. At one time there was an email link, on apps you purchased, but I think it's just a URL now. Support email is [email protected]. You can also contact me through the App under Debug settings by just sending me a log.

There was a bug in Dark mode, which you could have received a Beta of (not gonna happen though). I just released that to the App Store (pending review).

It almost sounds like you are running more than one App. DON'T. And make sure whatever app you are not using is not connecting in the background.

I have no part in "maintaining" the connection. That is Valentine Hardware, Valentine Firmware in the V1, iPhone Hardware, iPhone Drivers and Valentine Library. I just report if it stops sending messages and reconnect. Some apps reconnect SILENTLY. If you want V1Driver to do the same you can turn that off the notification (ignorance is bliss). But if you are getting that many disconnects, you have a problem.

I've seen some weird issues with BLE. Like even a noisy power adapter for your phone can cause problems. Which might not cause problems with another phone. I've had the LCD display cause issues in some cars.

Try just moving the phone (just as a test). Not necessarily closer. You running a 3rd party MagSafe charger from China, try not using it. Dozens of things can cause interference. V1Driver informs you rather than "bury it". Don’t shoot the messenger.

Again if you don't like it, ask for a refund.
 
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I run V1Driver and can't say I've had any of the issues you mentioned. I also sounds like you have multiple V1 apps open at the same time. I could see that causing issue with connections as they are all fighting for BT possibly. The developer has always been extremely helpful and quick to respond as well.
 

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