Can confirm that the s912 image does indeed boot on this pandora device. I have the portable version (the black box that uses the joystick as a lock to keep it closed) and scratched my head for hours until it occurred to me that to boot from USB you have to hold down the button on the motherboard (right next to the fan) inside while you power it on. Once lakka was set up i was able to plug in a usb gamepad to the top usb port and even get it to play a snes game.
I believe the lower usb port is meant for output of the joystick to the pandora, hence why plugging things into it does nothing, its an outgoing signal.
I found a guide with very broken english describing how to use a usb male to male cable to connect the lower port to the upper port and configure the joystick using ssh. this requires a usb hub, some kind of wifi usb adapter, a male to male usb cable and some patience. I’ve archived the guys link here: http://archive.fo/T9qlA
It would be great if some support for the GPIO pins could be added so it would free up that usb port! i’d be willing to help out as much as i can but my development skills are limited. Hope more attention gets drawn to these little boxes, they are rad and duel booting lakka is a major bonus to them.